Fun day!! Engine goes in. lots of clearance for the PS box but not even a 1/4 inch for the HVAC. I felt that was way too close so then I pulled the engine out and pulled the mounts and elongated the holes forward about a 1/4 inch. dropped the engine back in with much better clearance. I did end up with a 1 inch crack in the housing.
All though this build wiring wiring wiring!! Every time i went out to work on the car I tried to do at least one thing electrical so that it wasn't too intimidating. Most wasn't too bad. I am building this car to be a good reliable turnkey summer cruiser that anyone can drive. So with that said I didn't need to go heavy duty on the cooling. so just an SPI rad, trimmed down the fan shroud to mount it with ( for now, I will watch if it is not solid enough), 2001 Concorde dual 6 blade fans setup with the fans setup to come on one at a time controlled by the ECM.
Working on the exhaust was in interesting adventure. First pic is baking a rattle can coating on the manifolds (kinda an experiment to see how good this stuff is) I installed the manifolds on the car then went to put the adapter pipes on and could not get the bolts started well then got one to start and put a socket on it and got real tight real fast so took the manifolds off and found that the holes were tapped with M9x1.5 but the bolts were a M10x1.5 . I then ran the M10 tap though with no troubles so the hole was drilled to proper size but not tapped to correct size. With that looked after put manifolds back on and put the right hand adapter pipe on and put a small cat on it and it all lined up beautifully. The left side was not as as fun. it did not line up with the notches in the cross member and did not allow clearance with the cross shaft for the column shifter. I called Holley and talked with them only to realize there was a disclaimer that there are some fitment issues. So i have just finished giving the pipe a little nip and tuck but haven't installed it yet
I think that brings me up to date. Next moves are to finish the trans cooler lines, block the hole in the intake where the EGR pipe went in, get the driveshaft shortened, pick up the new tires, sandblast and paint rims,