I haven't had a lot of time to work on the Pantera lately. I have started to finalize the engine parts list and will start to buy parts. I already purchased a set of Crane hydraulic roller lifters for the engine and the block is at a shop being CNC machined for lifter bore bushings as well as being decked and measured. I plan to pick up the engine and purchase the rotating assembly, leaving only honing and a few misc. items to do at a machine shop.
I'm definitely planning to go with electronic fuel injection right from the start. I'm not scared by it, especially given the great new technology out there.
The Mendeola was fit, mounts created, and is being sent back to Mendeola for evaluation of the necessary changes. If Mendeola decides to make the necessary changes and cast a bellhousing, there should be a good alternative to the ZF available soon.