Well, a different type of progress was completed last week. With the '65 Corvette occupying my garage, the '68 has been living in my car trailer.
When my father passed, I inherited his manufactured home and the lot that it sits on. Mostly using it for storage and a place for my brothers who live up North to use if they come down for a few weeks, however, it has a nice, very big (14' x 55') carport. I was not comfortable leaving the '68 there under an open carport with no one living there, but last week I had the entire carport enclosed with 6' high solid PVC fencing and double 6' gates on the front.
Now, rain can't get in, no one can see what is in the carport and I park my truck in front of the double doors. Also, I have extremely good neighbors who watch the place. One of them parks one of their cars in front so it looks like someone comes and goes and some of the houses interior lighting is on timers as well. Yes, the house is alarmed and I can now put a motion detector inside the carport as well.
So, the '68 is now out of the trailer, sitting on the carport and the trailer is back in the storage lot. Plans are to continue where I left off by completely finishing off the underside of the tilt nose, complete the fit-up of the tilt nose, which is FAR easier without an engine in the engine compartment, as I can go in there and visually verify that nothing is going to rub against something that it should not when the nose is down and that it sits and locks correctly. Kind of hard to do that with an engine sitting in there!
At the same time as I am doing this, build the engine.
Once the tilt nose work is done and the engine is built, I will remove the tilt nose again and install the engine and transmission. After that, get more parts. Still need a big block radiator support and a new Dewit aluminum radiator and electric fan unit, shifter and an automatic transmission set of brake pedals. Timing is about right for this, as the NCRS Show and Swap Meet are coming up in Lakeland. Great place to find most of the parts. Good prices, I can inspect the parts, no shipping, no sales tax.
As far as the engine is concerned, the 454 block is ready, cam bearings installed, Comp Cam is ready, crankshaft polished and verified, and all rotating parts are here. Right after the first of the year, all the rotating parts (crank, rods, pistons, rings, harmonic balancer, flywheel, torque converter, etc., go over to the balancing shop to be precision balanced. After that, it's bottom end assembly time.
That's about all to bring things up to date. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.