Before that Mike B. got out the precision measurin' tools and figured out how much pop-up the piston had. Prior to that, the lads mic-ed the bore and stroke And we started the evening off with a little cypherin' to make sure the valve would not touch the head.
In other news, Mike S. brought back the water pump with a fresh weld over the old hole. It was weeping a little fluid even after we JB-Welded it last year so Mike cleaned it up and now she's water tight. We use an electric water pump to circulate the coolant.
And here is a nice shot of the transmission adapter plate. We will try to bolt up a 4-speed to it this year since it is dimensionally identical to the 3-speed we used last year.
Oh, and how did all that blowing turn out? Crappy. We determined that the compression was too high -- around 9 to 1! I guess we'll have to get out the grinder... That will suck. And blow.