Thank you Nick!
Lets see, for updates.. I just started a job last week in an STS tire, which basically is a tire change/quick lube place but we do other things as well. In working there, I have the wonderful opportunity to use my work bay's lift at my leisure, so long as there aren't customers waiting. Welp, I got my car on the lift and did an overall safety/maintenance inspection. I realized that the reason my ride has been so bumpy is because all 4 of my Tokico Blues are blown. It looks like the clown that owned my rex previously intentionally ground down the shock pistons with vice grips. I've got a set of brand new KYB GR-2's in my mom's shed that have never been installed, but I was told that those are OEM replacements, and I'll end up hitting the piston to the top of the shock tower on those with my coil overs. I wish I had the extra $1300 for a set of Tein coil overs, but unfortunately, I do not.
To top that off, my driver's side front wheel bearing is shot. It doesn't make a sound, but there's a lot of up and down play, and I inspected my ball joints, but they had no play. Its a pretty easy fix, and my price for that bearing is like $27, where as the retail for it is somewhere around $60. That works for me, but my shop doesn't have a press.
I was working at a different shop in the franchise, about 40 miles away, and they have a press and told me I was more then welcome to use it whenever I liked, but I'm trying to weigh out the cost of gas and the 50 minutes to an hour and fifteen (depending on traffic) for a bearing to be pressed out, and another one pressed in. I'll change the passenger's side when I do change the driver's side just because.
I worked a few hours of overtime, and hopefully I can get a few hours this coming week. I've got this goal to have the rex winterized and off the road by October 31st, and I'm pretty damned determined to meet that goal. I don't know what my winter beater will be, but hopefully I find either a pretty decent pickup or a subaru or something. We'll see next week, though.
I've also been contemplating using my z6 block as opposed to the d15b7 that I've got in my girlfriend's garage. Granted, that block is already honed and has a block guard, with this one I don't need to search around so hard for a jam d15b vtec crank to fit my rods. I'll pull the head one the car is off the road and get a better look at it and decide from there. I will of course post pictures when I do that, but this update has none, because all I've done is work.