March 9th, 2023
Yesterday the high performance transmission engineer called me for a computer issue. I suspect he felt like I wasn't going to help him with his issue without an update on my TH-400.
He said the tech support department has been using it and that it's going to get rebuilt soon. No big deal on my side, no rush. I've still been kicking around what I want to do and how I want to do it. It's, "do I want to run the big block I have? Do I want to buy another small block? Do I want to go down the LS path?" but more than anything "How do I want to approach this so that I can actually enjoy this car while still working on it and moving it towards what I want long term."
It was about 50 degrees out yesterday and I got the itch to try to measure for a driveshaft. It didn't take me long to realize that I'm not very well positioned to do such a thing. As I understand it, I want the car sitting on the ground, at ride height etc. The problem is that I can't fit under the car to measure it. I came back inside after being outside for 5-10 minutes, went online and ordered two sets of cribs so I can get this thing off of the ground and have access underneath. Maybe there were other ways I could accomplish this but I figured a set of cribs would be useful for welding underneath etc. which still needs to happen.
As soon as these things come in, I'm going to get the car up on them and measure for the driveshaft and order it. From there I expect that we'll be seeing nicer weather and I can work on all of the little odds and ends that need to happen before she can go back on the road. I'm thinking that maybe this year I'll do some minor stuff...keep her on the road as much as possible, maybe convert the column and seats and floor shifter. I'd really like to bring this car to the company picnic to be the only car that has parts we actually make here, installed on the car.