Getting ready. A buddy of mine came by to lend a hand getting this beast in!
We had to drop down to wood blocks to get it low enough, and then we ended up having to unbolt the cab mounts and jack it up 4" to get it to clear.
After a couple hours, the motor & transmission are now in!
Nice beefy motor mounts
Some clearance issues. Header is pushing on fuel filter heat shield & fuel lines. Heat shield is pushing on trans shift linkage. I have temporarily removed the heat shield, ill deal with everything else soon.
Remote oil filter/oil cooler bracket. Does not clear frame. Apparently the big block trucks have a bigass hole in the frame to clear the bracket & filter. There is no good way i can clock this thing, where the filter & the oil cooler lines will be free of obstruction, so im going to replace it with an aftermarket remote filter housing and not run the oil cooler. Or, cut a big hole in the engine xmember, which i dont really want to do.
I tapped the port for the EGR, and screwed a plug in to seal it off.
I also got the cab bolted back down, trans shift linkages done, trans lines re-installed, vacuum line for the modulator, kickdown cable, throttle cable, and all the vacuum for the motor done (except for the FPR)
So, my truck, being an 88, has the dual fuel pump system. Well, the 90 p/u tank i have been running out back for the last several years, is from the single pump system so its already a high pressure pump. So the plan is to eliminate the rail mounted pump. Then i can move the filter down where that currently is and reroute the fuel lines, which will get everything far away from the header.