I've been meaning to post this for several weeks now, but I've been really busy, and every time I tried to get on the forum, it was down and just had an error message. Ron was a great guy to deal with, the transaction went very smoothly. The engine was ready to pick up at the nearest local hub in about a week from the date I ordered it from him. Mind you, that was the transit time from Blaine, WA where it was shipped, to Cincinnati, OH.
There was a small "issue" that came up, in that a different trucking company actually picked the crate up, and transferred it to another company to be shipped. The pro# Ron first gave me was to the company that did the pick up. I called the shipping company to schedule a pickup and they said they couldn't find that package(yeah, you get a little nervous at that point). I called Ron back to ask him, and he said it was probably the pro# for the pickup company. He emailed me back, quickly, with the name of that company and I was able to call them and get the new pro# for the shipping company. No big deal, just a very slight miscommunication. Ron handled it very professionally, and responded quickly.
The engine arrived in as described. It was well packed in a blue wooden crate. As soon as I finish getting it installed, I'll respond about how it runs. My brother and I just got the old engine out this weekend. These cars are ridiculously over-engineered, seemingly without forethought to how they will be maintained, lol. I don't know about what adapter plate may be needed for a manual as the car we have is an automatic.
BTW, I did some googling about Ron and his company. From the info I found, I believe he had started another euro auto parts company with a few other people and eventually left it. He started this new company since. In any case, I believe he's been in this business for a while.
Thanks again Ron,