I'll be going down for another time slip again this year, once I do my engine performance mods. We can plan a trip when they have a test and tune night. We can set up a dyno day for the same time too. Go down, dyno the cars, then run them at the strip. (who's got an extra car hauler trailer available that weekend?)
re: original trans. Start saving your money now. Its just a matter of when at this point.