He's not too bad, at least he obeys me (when I'm in his line of sight) and knows that I'm Alpha of the pack. That wasn't the case when he first moved in, and he gave me all kinds of grief. There's not a more stubborn 7lbs of animal anywhere else in the world.
There are benefits to being gone for 10 days, existing projects get done while I'm away:
New... well, a lot was replaced, because the desert isn't kind to cars. Especially supercars that are never started and left to rot. We received tons of help from Tom Larkin at Sterling Motors in Yorkshire, he hooked us up with a guy who had an XJ220 running gear (chassis + powertrain), but was missing everything else. In return for the parts we needed, we bought him a nice AC Cobra replica (complete, with 302). Trust me, it was the cheapest way, by far. What we did was essentially ship over all but the frame and body panels from England, one (or two) large crate(s) at a time. So the good news is, we have lots of parts for spares. Also we picked the brains of the guys at Don Law Racing, since they are the XJ220 racing specialists. We upgraded the brakes to bigger 6-pot Brembos, installed a new air-ride suspension system, rebuilt nearly everything mechanical, and fixed the electrical systems so that now they actually work (better than new). Also, we re-cammed the engine and enlarged it to 3.9L, reworked the heads, installed smaller Garrett turbos with larger twin intercoolers, larger oil sump, Bosch high-pressure fuel pump, programmable ECU, Competition S2 clutch (which is much more usable than stock), and somewhere along the way we lost the CCs (where they go??). There's more too, but I'm getting tired of typing.
The end result is 630bhp & 540lb/ft of torque, with substantially reduced lag. It's not all gone, but that's part of the car's nature and I don't want it to be completely sanitized. We can get more power, but there's no point, it's already stupid fast. 0-100mph in ~7sec, which is about as quick as the Carrera GT. Aside from going like stink and being great fun, it's a very comfortable ride, too. I wouldn't mind taking it on a road trip (if it actually had room for luggage).