After installing the new bolt-in transmission crossmember, and finishing up a long list of small “need to do’s”, I snuck the truck out for a trip around the block. With no plates, just insurance on it, I didn’t want to get too risky. That and being a complete rebuild, I want to take it slow with a few shake down runs before getting wild with her, and I still need to get my engine limiters installed before beating on it too hard. But, it drove pretty good, and wasn’t as harsh with the motor plate as I had been expecting. The transmission shifted great, and the brakes worked just as expected. I can tell the truck will be fun as I did goose it a bit and spun the drag radials a bit unintentionally.
I still have a few things I need to get done before I start driving it on a regular basis, such as fix the damn drivers side header gasket that makes it sound like a damn tractor. Fine tune my ignition map to try to help eliminate the part throttle hesitation. Finish tuning the carb now that I can actually drive it. Replace the junk electric cooling fan controller that decided to go belly up a few weeks ago.
But, to finally have her back on the road after four long years, it’s incredibly satisfying and well worth it. I still have a ton of work to do, another engine to build, and my least favorite aspect, bodywork. But, it’s crossed a milestone and it feels pretty good!