Update, kind of.
Finally have a chance to drop the block off on Saturday with Dave at my machine shop, Pro Machine. He's closed on weekends so he's bending over backwards for me to drop it off Sat. AM after his grandson's soccer game. Many props to him for that.
I won't be able to pick it up until I'm in town next in late February, assuming he's in town to meet up and give it back on his day off.
I'll also be ordering my master gasket set and ARP head bolts this week or next, and then sending the pistons to Swain Tech once I get them back. Swain Tech will be putting their TBC coating on the piston domes. More heat in the cylinder and out the exhaust the better!
After the dome coating, I'm picking up my new wheels and tires in time for spring. The new wheels are taking a bit out of the engine build monies, but they'll save me some cash in the long run not having to switch tires on the same set of wheels twice a year.
Got a sweet deal on them, Rota Torque in Steel Gray/Gunmetal (not sure lol), 17x8 et48, wrapped in Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec's 235/40/17. They also come with a set of spline drive lug nuts all for a whopping $200.
Gotta love your Uncle's friend that used to have an 04 STI, sold it, but kept the wheels, and now wants to get rid of them for next to nothing.
After wheels and tires it's KillerB time