Got some more done on the car this weekend. Basically got the valves set up. Down with pneumonia has left me real slow. Plan is to put the engine in the car this Saturday (May 07, 2016).
Got a new Motorcraft oil filter:
Building of the mock oil pump primer:
Then I hit a block wall, i've been away from this build so long i'm having a very difficult time finding fasteners. Missing the clutch pressure plate bolts now. So I just ordered a set of LMR for $14. Also need to go out and purchase a spark plug gapper, lower intake gaskets and some motor mount bolts.
Had to get a new socket for installing spark plugs. My actual spark plug socket is too thick even though its considered thin wall and is a nightmare to get the plugs in. Found a 12 point socket that is a tad skinnier in diameter from Craftsman and works perfectly!
And here is where the brain fart came into play. Used an excessively long bolt in the back of the head on the drivers side. Welp needless to say there was not enough room to un-thread it all the way....
Ended up jacking the trans to try and gain room but there just wasn't enough. Cut it..
All that's left is to get the electric fan installed and tune. But of course my Ford Taurus Fan swap couldn't be EASY! Due to the thickness of the fan and not being able to move the fan much around on the radiator the fan motor hits the water pump shaft.
The fan is just shy of 5.5'' thick, and i have just less than 4.5'' of space if the fan motor must be positioned in the center. Its super crunch time as the car may be getting tuned next weekend and I am out of town all week. So I think I'm going to order a cheesy fan kit off eBay to get me by for now and install first thing next Saturday before the tune.
The mechanical fan was just an OEM equivalent, but I'm in the process of converting to electric earlier than expected.
Held it up at 2K when we had the first good fire and got it warm, after that I was told to put it right in its paces. Motor is completely roller. Used an OEM stat so temps just idle with mechanical fan were right about 200.