So over the weekend i rolled the motor over and removed the pan, so i could install the new oil pump. I figured, if im spending all this coin on the motor, i might as well spend a little more, and get a good oil pump. Enter this unit, from Kaase Racing Engines:
This thing is a beast of an oil pump:
Complete redesign of the pump housing solves a cracking issue at the base of the OEM pumps, and it has dual oil ports to the rotor which helps with oil pressure at low RPMS; perfect for a trail rig.
So i put the new oil pan on, rolled it back over, installed the valve covers, and now its actually ready to go in.
Ive switched to the valve covers from the '95 motor. They are basically the same as my '88 valve covers, except the PCV valve screws into the passenger cover instead of using a grommet, which is a way better design.
Fast forward to Monday morning, when a buddy came over after work, and this happened:
She's in there! We had enough time to throw the trans in, but sadly my torque converter has not arrived yet.
Check this out though-
The frame notch is a success! There is a ton of available room for the oil cooler.
So im kind of bummed the torque converter isnt here yet, but i still have plenty of stuff i can do in the meantime. And it is supposed to rain most of the week, so whatever gets done, gets done.