Have been searching for a local core Corvair engine for quite a while with intentions of taking it to Corvair College #22. My cousin's neighbor up near Lubbock has a complete 1968 Corvair 500 that he was willing to sell for cheap but I didn't know the engine code and the logistics/costs of taking an 11 hour trip were just prohibitive. So, I was reconciled to going to Georgetown without a motor just for the learning experience. Then on 2/28 I read on the CorvAircraft blog that a guy was selling two cores here in the Houston area. After a phone call to John Bolding I decided to drive over to RWJ Airpark in Beach City after work to inspect the motors. I some time looking over the motors and decided to take the one that was most complete even though the balancer bolt threads were damaged and the engine would not turn over. Normally these are "no goes" but since John offered to "consign" the motor to me until it could be opened up I figured there was really nothing to loose. We then spent some time looking at Johns short block from Roy Szarafinski and his custom-machined aluminum cylinders. While engrossed in the short block his house guest lawyer friend came in and we shared a couple of beers and some interesting stories about aircraft, education, careers, society and other entertaining topics. Another reminder that you meet the most interesting, fun people while pursuing a hobby like experimental aircraft. Now it's off to CC#22!