And one of my $200 set of wheels & tires. This one has a small air leak, might need the valve tightened or something.Anyways, that's it until next time.Updated 12/12/04The year is almost over, and I feel like I've hardly accomplished anything. It doesn't seem like it's been that long since this summer, but I guess that's what working does to you. Anyways, I've spent quite a bit of money doing this whole Sherman build, and by the way, Joe Sherman is a jerk, or at least that's my opinion of him. I'm pretty sure it was he that I talked to on the phone a couple months ago, asking about the whole piston thing, and basically he acted like I was stupid for even trying it. Anyways, yeah, I've payed the machine shop $1100 for the work they did on the heads and parts that they bought, and on top of that there's the valve springs, retainers, locks, and camshaft that I bought myself. More than I spent on the whole bottom half of the engine. But yeah, I need to finish up the sandblasting and get some stuff painted, which means getting a fire going in the wood stove in the shop to get it warm enough to paint (just rattle cans, but still). Right now I'm doing little here and there work, like cleaning/regreasing the u-joints on the driveshaft (and sanding the transmission yoke, which rusted while I had it sitting outside, stupid me). The shop is a mess, so besides actual work on the car, I'm trying to slowly get thing straightened up and organized and make walking space again. Guess that's all for now, I could write more but it's just trivial stuff. I will mention that I got a pair of Mustang bucket seats (not sure what year, but they have a headrest, so probably early-mid 70's by my guess). Anyways, later. Have a good holday everyone.Updated 10/13/04So far I have the crankshaft and pistons in the block. Need to get my camshaft...I ran into some problems with the pistons, mainly because stupid me didn't realize that the rods were numbered as to which cylinder that rod/piston came out of. Anyways, the situation is rectified, and I can sleep again. Yep, just a quick update. That's all for now.Oh, and I promise I'll get some pictures up soon.Updated 10/08/04Picked up my engine today. All of the work I had done ran almost 700, and that's just the block, crank, pistons, balance job, and decking the block. But I guess it'll be worth it. Now I have to get them started on the heads...I'll make sure and get some pictures of the block and parts up sometime, along with pictures of the sandblasting work.Updated 10/04/04Well, the glass beads worked alright, but the garnet media that I got today is working even better. I think one problem I was having was not having enough sand in the tank. All is well now. Should have pictures up in the next couple of days. One thing I'm debating on is whether or not I should do the whole underbody right now, or just the engine compartment. I'd hate to have to take the exhaust system, the driveshaft, rear end, etc. out at a later time since it's all out (except for the rear) now, and I have access to it, but then again, I mainly want to get it ready for an engine, and I dunno if I want to use that much sand, when a lot of it would be cleaning dirt off. Oh well. We'll get it straightened out. Just happy the engine compartment is coming along so well. Later everyone.Updated 9/22/04Bought an abrasive blaster and a 30 gal. air compresser on Sunday, so it shouldn't be long before I have ACTUAL PICTURES to post again. Anyways. Yeah.Oh, and I'm close to having the machine work on my block finished. Took all of the information on the Joe Sherman build up there to him, and he said he hadn't ever heard of anything like it, referring specifically to turning the pistons around backwards. I just hope he gets the stuff done right. Alright, later everyone.Updated 9/13/04Talked to the machinist today, and am almost finished getting the block machined. Just has to be honed and milled. It turned out that I did have the wrong bearings (stupid salesperson) and the ones I needed were a slight big pricier, but that's alright, I need them one way or the other. So they're supposed to be en route. Just need to ship back the ones they sent. And after my block gets finished, I get to start on the heads. Oy!Updated 9/3/04Got some goodies in today...my engine kit from Powerhouse Performance, the pistons I ordered from them as well, and I got my original (albeit worn) steering wheel, and then the dash trim (which is excellent). It was a good afternoon coming home to presents. Anyways, just a quick update on things. Hope to get the part to the machinist Tuesday so he can get the block decked and make sure everything goes together right...I'm still not sure if the guy gave me the right main and rod bearings. Anyways, that's all for now. Later.Updated 8/30/04Ok. So far, I've gotten the interior emptied except for removing the headliner and emptying out the trunk. Gonna have to put some bug bombs in it to get rid of the spiders. Trying to borrow a sandblaster from someone so I can get the interior cleaned and repainted, as well as the engine bay.The engine's been at the machine shop for a while, it's been bored over .030 (or is that .0030?) and the crank's been cleaned and polished. By the way, does anyone know if they make rod and main bearings in a 0.001 oversize? I'm pretty sure that's what the machinist told me I needed, but the people I ordered from insisted that it was 0.01 (I never saw the number on paper, but the machinist told me to get them a thousandth over, so I imagine I'll be getting the wrong bearings). I've got an engine kit ordered to get the basic stuff, and I've also ordered my pistons since the kit ones are stock and I want just SLIGHTLY more compression than stock. I'm gonna get the shop to mill the block so it has a very small deck height - still going by that Joe Sherman engine build. I mean, I might as well, right? So yeah, As soon as I get some more money I'm ready to order the camshaft, springs, lifters, pushrods, etc. Not sure if I like Isky's prices on all of the stuff, but I'll at least get the springs, lifters and camshaft from them, since it'll be matched (I hope). Guess that's all the updates for now.Oh, while I'm thinking about it, I did get a set of A/C dash trim (YES!), a stock A/C underdash unit (YES AGAIN!) and an original steering wheel, all for very good prices. Pricing out the rest of the A/C system and looking for the vents while I'm waiting for the machine work to get done. So yeah, that's all for now.Updated 6/27/04Just got her back in the shop for round 2. Hopefully the next time it rolls out of the shop, it will be under it's own power. Oh well, I guess we'll see. At least this way I can clean up the engine compartment and not have to worry about it rusting back overnight. Guess that's all for now. Maybe I'll have pictures next time. Later.Updated 5/29/04Well, I think I've finally decided on a paint job. I mean, I know it's going to be red. I've toyed with the idea of black racing stripes, and I found a car that is just beautiful (plus if I could have any car right now, it'd be this model). So here it is. Or actually, since I don't have the pic downloaded so I can upload it, and I'm lazy, here's the link to the person's page.http://www.cardomain.com/id/carguy00Updated 5/29/04Well, I spoke too soon on the wheels. Not quite as shiny as I thought they were, though he said with a brillo pad, they'd clean up and look brand new. I mean, they look great, but there're little white spots on them. Oh well. For $200 bucks, any set of wheels with tires that are actually driveable is great. Anyways, I bought them today. Should have pictures of them and the 8.8 inch soon.Updated 5/22/04I picked up the 8.8 this morning. Looks pretty good, though I say this with only a limited knowledge of the things. Gonna have to cut the old spring and shock mounts off and weld on the leaf perches, buy the axles (going to a salvage yard Saturday), and get everything put together. Oh, and lucky me, the guy is selling the wheels that are on his 68 Ranchero for $200, and I told him I'd take him up on it if he'd give me a week so I'd get paid again. They're 14 inch Centerline Auto/Drag wheels, and looks about as brand new as a wheel can. Come with a decent set of tires too, so I'll be able to roll the car around now without having to air up the tires. Yeah, I'm glad I found this guy. Seems like the kind of aquaintance you'd want to have when working on cars. Later. Oh, maybe I'll get some pictures of the rear tomorrow to put on here.Updated 5/15/04Some pictures I found that I forgot I had taken.