Dude, it sounds like you're in such a hurry, you're overlooking a lot of little things along the way.
Melted oil sending line, loose hoses, loose trans cooler lines, etc. etc. My god, you even had a fire due to carelessness!
Take the time to double check EVERYTHIG, then check it again. It would be a shame to invest all this time, and effort, then screw something up due to an oversight!
It's cool to impress your friends and all, but street racing is just plain stupid.
It's a lot more fun to keep them guessing, until you can prove it at the TRACK!
Yeah, I'll bark the tires now and then, and even get on it and grab a couple gears, but only out on the open road...not on the neighborhood streets.
Ok, now that I've finished ranting....congrats on getting the new motor fired up!
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