So I'm still recovering from the lack of sleep after LS Fest this past weekend. My buddy that built the car with me took off after work Friday and drove the car up to Bowling Green for the show (roughly 300 miles). The ride up was fine, spent Saturday morning enjoying the show and talking to people about the car, as well as theirs and the event in general.
Just before lunch the guys from Holley and LSXTV.com stopped me for an interview about the car. They put a mic on me, got some video and photos, spent about 30 minutes getting what they needed for a video that I'm hoping to see posted soon.
Upon returning from lunch I could not get the car in gear. Looking under the car there was fluid leaking form the bell housing. A couple guys helped push the car over to the pits and the guys from SAM Racing were incredibly generous and let us borrow a jack and four stands, plus a few other odd ball tools. It took about 7 hours to drop the transmission out of the car with the motor still in. One of the guys that helped push was kind enough to drive me to the parts store to get a new slave cylinder/throw out bearing, and one of the racers hooked us up with his generator and lights to work past dark. Sometime around midnight we discovered the pilot bearing was done for too.
Sunday morning we made our way back to the part store with the final piece. Four hours later we had the car back together and driving under it's own power. We were able to drive the car all the way back home with no other incidents, even got 23 mpg.
As much as I hate breaking down I could not have hoped for a better place to do so, or more helpful/generous people to offer up rides, tools, parts, light, and moral support. It may have changed our plans for the trip but certainly didn't kill the weekend. My buddy and I are already planning on returning next year and he is talking about his own swap before then too.