OMG, I’m so glad that this HOTTEST SUMMER EVER is just about over. I managed to live through it and hope everyone else did too. I must admit, that the day after day of 110 plus degree heat killed my desire to do any work on my vehicles. I’m writing these words on Wednesday, Sept. 20th and l think my energy for doing car work is finally returning. No, I’m not good at it, but you gots to do what you gots to do. The 1970 Camaro buildproject started with me selling the 1978 Nova that was going to be my forever car until l realized that l really really wanted a 1970 to 1973 splitbumper Camaro as my forever car.The 1970 Camaro l bought, does NOT have the split bumper, but that’s OK it can always be added later. So far the modifications include, a new 9-inch Ford rearend with posi and 3.23 gear. It was built and installed by Arizona Differential (602-272-4600). They also installed the fully rebuilt Turbo 400 transmission and the new Hughes Performance (602-257-9591) 2500 stall torque converter and the new B&M gate shifter. FAST Motorsports (623-200-2962) in Apache Junction inspected the transmission to verify that it was indeed fully rebuilt. Next, Jim from Restore Old Cars (928-200-0904) in Apache Junction who built the great running small block Chevy engine in my ‘78 Nova was now building a mild 383 stroker small block for the Camaro. Mechanic John and his son Kenny in Apache Junction (570-317-7615) pulled out the old engine. They then fully steam-cleaned the entire engine area and painted it up in gloss black. It now looks really good! When Jim finished building the new engine, John and Kenny installed it, including all of the required plumbing and electricals to hand me back a running and driving car. The new engine was full of new parts, including a new stroker crank, pistons, etc. etc. Because none of the Camaro’s gauges worked, I still couldn’t drive the car until Brian Pridemore from Pridemore MotorSports (303-944-7645) installed new gauges. Unfortunately, the engine turned out to have a bad vibration. Engine builder Jim was very surprised and sad that it turned out like that. He 100% stands behind his work and will do whatever is required to find and solve the problem. His first thought was that the brand-new crankshaft must be defective. He’s built countless engines and never had this happen before. So, for now, the Camaro is out of commission until the engine is repaired. I’m just excited about the weather getting cooler and being able to work on my thousands of other cars and trucks. OK, maybe not that many, but there are a few that’s for sure.