Well, now that it has cooled off, a decent amount of progress has been made. It is great to be back on track. The battery box was hand made by Ron and welded into the trunk. The battery cables were grounded into the trunk and the the other was run up to the engine.
We initially were going to go with a 10-bolt rear end, but we were able to locate a '57 Pontiac rear end that was a 17- spline as opposed to a 15-spline with the 10-bolt. Now, I had no idea what that meant until Ron explained it to me. I still walked away scratching my head. But when he said it makes the rear end stronger, allowing me to "light the tires up" if I wanted...that made sense to me. It is strange to me that I started this project with the desire to have a cruiser, not really caring if it went fast. But the longer I hung out with Chris Parese (my buddy who helped me yank the original engine) and Ron, the more excited I am about the first time I have to back off the throttle because the back end is getting loose.