I too have been wondering about where you have been Ira, glad to see you back.
I love the car portion of the blog, but I am depressed about you leaving out one of the best modern two seat sports cars that is affordable, the MR2.
I also had a Monza two door, dropped in a 327 V8 and a 4-speed, opened up the wheel wells for wide tires and modified the suspension. It was FAST, but handled like a coaster wagon and was downright dangerous to drive.
Now I have the 85 MR2 and a 73 240Z and they are just a hoot to drive and put a smile on my face each time I take them out.