Yes Guys, I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while. I do check in every once in a while.
As to Fire, the 545 install that is going into "Fire" is still on hold. The hold up is on the buildup of the '69 Mach 1. As some of you may recall, Fire (the '73 Mach 1) currently has a 428SCJ motor that I picked up in the Republic of the Philippines. With my acquisition of the '69 "body", I decided to go period correct by installing the 428 into the '69. Quite frankly, my contract with the Restorer calls for the work on the '69 (interior, body and paint) to be completed by June of next year. We have already replaced the rear end with a 31 spline 3:50 traction lok, staggered shocks, new gas tank. Have also rebuilt a cast iron tailshaft C6, so I am making progress.
As y'all can see in another post on the 545, it is REALLY ready with in excess of 700HP and over 735 foot pounds of torque. Anyway, that motor is still in Cuba, MO as I don't want to bring it here until the 428 is already out of "Fire." Got an email from the engine builder a couple of days ago advising that it wasn't being any trouble as it doesn't "eat much" and is not bothering the "other engines" in the shop, so I will probably leave it there for a couple more months.
The First Lady and I just acquired two new "babies" (English Bulldog pups) that are keeping us pretty busy. The real "issue" I am having (time wise) has to do with my volunteer work in trying to decrease crime and blight in my area of the city. I volunteered for this eight months ago and it is proving to really be time consuming.
Anyway, I am going to try to get on here more often. I actually have some great ideas (in my opinion) for reviving the Weekly Fun Question and VIP WFQ exercises.
More to come