Thanks for the compliments guys, and Dennis, I don't take it as a dig..it is a very fair question, but in reality, while I have taken it to a couple of shows, but I don't consider the car a show toy at all...I built it to drive, and drive hard. I finished the car last winter, and put almost 3000 miles on it over the summer. I take it to the hardware store, grocery store, whenever I have a reason to go somewhere,I take it (with the exception of Malls and other places it would sit for over a few hours). I never had the intention of building a purpose built drag car, nor a bare bones road race car, somewhere in between, with an overall driveability that wouldn't shake my wife to pieces. I wanted a modern performing old car, with street rod type detail, and now that I have all of the bugs shaken out I plan to take it to a few open track events around here (my buddy is in a corvette club that rents a nearby road track)and I look forward to beating the crap out of it!.....Ride 'em, don't hide 'em.
As far as the battery in the trunk goes, I guess if were bracket racing, they officials may look in the trunk, but just on open test and tune days, I have yet to see them even look under the hood...and it wouldn't matter much, I would get shut down after 1 run as Converts get the boot running faster than 13.99 without a rollbar...I prefer turns anyway...
I was not aware that Optimas have the little blow off/vent, I do have a 140 amp alternator (throws 80 amps at idle)but I am not worried about an issue in the least bit, I designed a robust electrical system in the car, bought high quality components...and besides worrying only takes the fun out of driving, that is what insurance is for.
Dennis, No I do not have the shakers in the car anymore, I figured, with the frame tied,they were just added weight, but IF I had wanted to keep them, I could have slid the battery mount forward in-car and still had enough room to install it. I am working on a design for the headlight doors to use a linear actuator...currently, they stay closed...Thanks for the replys guys!