Thanks much for the kind words and info, 296! I don't bump this thread much, thus the reason you might have missed it. If all goes well (fingers crossed) I should have the car and at least a block by this summer. I'd like to have Doug make the exhaust for it (again), so I'll need to get the car to Cali at some point, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Since I'm here- how about another quick story… One night running the Rapid Rat he crept too far forward after his burnout, so he threw it in- what he would call "R- for race"- and backed it up a bit. The tree guy lit the lights and dad dumped the clutch…. with the car in "R". He said when he looked in the mirror he was headed straight for the track ambulance- while the paramedics were throwing the doors open to get out because they thought for sure he was going to hit it.