Well everyone, it's all said and done.
The install went pretty darn smoothly... we only ran into two problems during the install (both of which were quickly solved by the very knowledgeable guys at East Coast Speed) and one after the swap on the ride home (which was temporarily solved by me, a paper clip, and some bubblegum :crazy2: )
We started at 7:30am, and had the old engine out and the new engine prepped (header/cluch/flywheel mounted) by noon. Got back from lunch at 1ish, and had everything in by 7pm. Engine fired up on the first try, it was great. All in all I was very impressed by the guys who make up East Coast Speed Factory: Mike, Rob and Steve. These guys not only know their stuff, but they're hard working, determined, easy going and best of all: passionate about their work. Needless to say I would reccomend them to anyone close enough to get to them (take me for example: I drove to their shop from 200 miles away in the middle of a snow storm!!)
Oh yea, the car.
It feels awesome. The Monkey Wrench Racing flywheel is, as far as I can tell, the perfect daily driver flywheel. It's light, the engine revvs quickly and freely, and feels very eager at WOT.... but it's not soo light that starting from first gear is a pain, and with a quickshfter and an equally quick right hand, downshifts and gear changes aren't too hard either. Thanks to the HotShot header, the low end is a little more torquey and it pulls nicely even from low RPMs. Naturally, the high RPM band is sensational.... ballsy... kinda pissed off... and like I said before: very eager. The Gripforce (re-badged Exedy) clutch is also very nice. Engagement is smooth with a clearly noticable spot where the clutch grabbs, and when grabs, it does so hard but not soo suddenly that it's jerky. And lastly, thanks to the Toga Performance oil pump (which as Mike from ECSF explains moves more oil... more volume, but does not make the average oil pressure higher than stock) my oil pressure is rock solid. No deviations or drops in pressure when cornering at all... not even a little. I can't wait to get this thing on a soloII track :drool:
I have some pics that I'll try to get posted up tomorrow!