Well, I know that Brett is going to have a heart attack if I don't start updating this thread.
It's been kind of slow going so far, as I have struggled to find the time and energy to spend a bunch of time in the garage over the last week and a half or so. Then again, maybe I got turned off, since literally as soon as I put the car into the garage, it started leaking all over my floor.
The first thing I did was tackle the rusty rockers, cleaning them up and taking them down to bare metal, scuffing up the rest of the front clip and hitting it all with some POR-15. Unfortunately, since I don't have a spray gun with a tip big enough to spray something so thick, I decided to just brush it on. Unfortunately, I only took pics of the passenger side.
I was also able to go and pick up the new 2.3 shortblock from the machine shop, however, there seems to be an issue with the crank that is going to hold me up a bit on this. The engine is a 2.3 stroker using an OEM 6 bolt 100mm crank, Manley rods, .020 over 8.8:1 Wiseco pistons, Kiggly girdle, and ARP main studs.
Unfortunately, upon picking up the motor from the machine shop, there is definitely an issue with excessive rod side clearance, the shop told me beforehand, but I didn't realize how bad it was until I saw it for myself. Luckily, I was able to find another 6 bolt 100mm crank online at a decent price to buy, so hopefully this issue will be resolved quickly, and I can focus on finding a nice head a trans to mate up to the shortblock.
I imagine that the next job will be pulling out the rear subframe to upgrade the rear to a 4 bolt, and to delete the 4ws, followed by rust proofing the underside of the car. After that, I'll probably move up to the bay, remove the engine, and get the bay ready to be resprayed before the new engine and trans go in.
I'll probably do some work on the car in the other half of the garage first though to try and create enough space that I can spread some parts out and really get cranking on this project though, as I'm pretty anxious to get it done and back on the road. With any luck, it won't take too long, and Brett will get to see it get done before he leaves for where it is that he may be going.