I got word yesterday that the long block is complete with the following information: 8:1 compression, .045 deck, .004 crankshaft free play. Sounds like the engine and transmission will be done and in my garage around the same time.
I'll be keeping the stub axles and returning the spring plates. The ends are jagged/crooked.
The funny part? I've had at least four people tell me that the EMPI stuff is better than the Swayaway stuff - but having the EMPI parts in my hand - I can't really see how that's possible unless the Swayaway parts are made from PlayDoh.
Seems like - no matter how dead simple this should be - I'm running into just about every barrier possible. The self-imposed deadline that's three weeks away is slowly morphing into a wall that grows by the day. I have to figure out how to get up enough momentum to get over it - and probably at the last minute.