Ok guys and gals,
After a LENGTHY layaway, I was able to start back up on this project. My plan is to have it drive-able by Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, I used the digital camera so I'll have to post a few pics tomorrow (left it at home). But in a nutshell, I was able to get the hood off yesterday, which is one step closer to getting the tub off. I really struggled with getting the shifter off of the transmission as one of the PO's welded them together, making it IMPOSSIBLE to get the stick off. However, I am one step closer to getting the transmission off. Right now, I'm in a dilemma on when to drop the transmission. I have 2 floorjacks and some extra lumber lying around, so I thought about making a homemade tranny jack (I've seen some pics on how to do it). But my buddy has an actual tranny jack and is willing to let me borrow up, but it's down in Houston. Depending on how much daylight is available when I get home this week, I might just wait until this weekend to drop it.
I've modified my priorities as of now:
5)Starter/spark plugs/engine maintenance.
As I said, I'm a newbie at this and have a history of starting and quitting projects. But I'm hellbent on getting this thing up and running by the end of May, which I think is possible. Once it's running and looks decent, I'll be satisfied...for now. Eventually, when I get a little more out of debt and stable, I'm going to completely restore it. As in, stripping all the way to the frame. But for now, the frame is in good enough condition to make do with. I just want to be able to drive it again!
On a side note, the 220V outlet I was planning on using as a welding outlet is not functioning. So I think I'm going to call an electrician to get it up and running so I can use the welder.
Anyways, I'll update with a few pictures tomorrow with what I've done. I have to admit that I'm a little nervous/excited because this is by far the biggest auto undertaking I've ever done, and I don't have a lot of guidance.