I got up and trouble shot my bad chassis ground. I determined the problem was two washers on a bolt. The washers had been clear coated and that was preventing a good ground for the entire chassis. Fixed it in less than 5 minutes.
I then turned my attention to the distributor. I figured out my problem what my problem was; timing! I didn't line it up correctly so it wouldn't fire. Well, I knew the engine would run because I had it on the other distributor. I tried again with my original restored one, and it fired right up. Glad to have that done!
The powder coat on my intake manifold chipped a bit where the hot exhaust gases pass up to heat the intake manifold. This prevents carb icing. I originally was going to take it off, but figured a little high temp paint and not worry about it. There will be more bumps and bruises on the car so I can't get caught up in the super little details. Also, this is my backup engine so I'll make sure to do it right on the original one.
Very happy to be at this point, the next step now is to get ready for paint, particularly primer. I need to get my air system tuned up, ready to go. Thinking about buying an air dryer to make sure my compressed air is completely dry. Already dry in the desert here, but still want to make doubly sure. Once that is complete, I can then send everything off to to get media blasted. I may take a day or two off as well :)
FREE RIDES TO ANYONE THAT WANTS ONE!!!!