|Finally, back home
New engine and exhaust, Stage II - Since I had block rot in the old engine, I needed a new engine. The only option was a Stage II system. Well, the other option was to keep patching holes until my whole block is made out of JB Weld.
New tires - There was a little dry rot on my tires and they were pushing ten years old. Why not get some new tires with that new engine?
New transmission - While testing the engine, the transmission failed and broke down. I was having issues with shifting before bringing it in, but thought that was 'normal thirty-five year old shifting technology'. Better for it to break down on them than on me. So, new transmission.
New radiator and water pump - When it was almost done, some more testing showed that the engine was running hot. Long story short, the radiator was shot and I needed a new one...and a water pump as well. Why not?
|So shiny and new.
So, pretty much everything on my car has been replaced/upgraded.
The drive home was interesting as I had hot driving the car in seven months. It takes a little getting used to. The exhaust is a lot louder, the shifting is smoother...it is like driving a new car. Heck, it is almost like I paid for a new car.