Oh i here ya on the black, pretty much given up on mine. have to wait till i move off the dirt rd and then a repaint... lol
Funny thing i have found though, dirt doesn't affect performance all that much. ha
Ouch, and to think I thought about water jacket supports and decided against them since you have to drill the block. I might regret that decision looks like.... I would think sleeves would be on your must have list now.
Edit: must have "new block" lol
One of your sentences struck me and I can tell you with out a doubt there is nothing you missed and not to dwell on it, but to remember people for who they are in the good times. Sounds callused but it's how we need to be able to move on. I have learned in a 27 year military career (and still...
I see a lot of people mounting these in the trunk. What happens when you have a battery short or electrical short (cause of most fires) an the trunk wont pop open?? I hope you dont crawl through the backs seat to get to them... Mount them some where inside an easily accessible.