That seems to be the way it goes with old car restoration.
I just got off the phone with the guy at the machine shop where I dropped off my Mustang engine. And true to form, his estimate came in a full 50 percent higher than I expected. But, it's gotta be done, and these guys have the reputation of doing it right, so here we go.
He said he should have it done by the end of next week. I am actually taking next Friday off for a me sanity day, so with any luck I will be able to spend the morning picking up the motor, taking the transmission out to another shop and checking in on the body guy before heading down to Flint for an AWI game with Big Jon.