Un-Crating the Aluminator

So last Wednesday was a crazy day. I got word early last week that my motor was in — and dammit I simply didn’t have the ability to get the motor until Wednesday. Wednesday arrived and my buddy Dustin showed up with his truck and my Aluminator got fork-lifted onto the bed of the truck like a stack of hash-browns.
Aluminator getting loaded onto the truck
A few nervous minutes later, Dustin and I are trying to figure out how we’re going to hook it to the engine hoist — fortunately, I found another chain (Thanks Jesse!) and we were in business.

A few minutes later, the Aluminator was on the floor of the garage, and then the photo-shoot began. Here’s a link to the photo album.

A few of my own (opinionated) personal observations — FRPP has done a terrific job of packaging this up. It comes with a lot more items than I expected, and the fit and finish of everything is top notch. I am sure there will be challenges to getting all of this working but I’m very pumped that it’s finally here and that I’m going to have the opportunity to get this done.

I’m a big plan of JIT (Just in Time) manufacturing — for the most part, a lot of the parts I’ve ordered for the build have been delivered very quicly, but I’m way ahead inventory-wise. I won’t be ready for the motor for at least a week — but overall, it’s very close to the wire, so this is (mostly) to plan. The main item I’m behind on here is the fuel system — I needed it sooner and it’s supposed to arrive in a week or so.

Sorry I don’t have time for more than this presently — I’m kinda pre-occupied prepping the chassis for the new motor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post comments here and I’ll do my best to answer everything,


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