Well, it isn't quite Thanksgiving and we hit an important milestone today... There is life in the old girl!! Pre-lubed the engine and set the timing. Put a couple of gallons of gas in the tank to verify fuel pressure at the throttle body. Had the guys at the race shop set up the Sniper for me... Made sure there was juice at the distributor. Had to turn the key just to verify the starter would work... engine turned over about a time and a half (about a second.... really....) and she lit right off!!! Since I don't have the serpentine belt on yet, and no water, she only ran for about 5 seconds and shut her down, but she fired right up and sounded perfect! Will know more after we install the driveshaft and get the coolant in her, but things are looking up!!! So excited to hear it start! Will lock down choice of a breather this week and finish things up underhood... Have the appointment set and am still planning on paint in January!!!