I'm not sure why, but it's always oddly satisfying to clean something like that. That's the worst buildup I have ever seen.I got some more time yesterday and today to wokr on the truck. Most of the day was spent pulling pieces off the new motor and cleaning out a ridiculous amount of soot buildup. The previous owner apparently didnt drive this thing but a mile or two each way wherever they were going.
Intake manifold inlet @ butterfly
Intake port in head
I got the engine and trans bolted together to see what kind of fitment issues i will run into, and its really not too bad. I either need to drop the front differential 1.5-2", or massage the oil pan and modify the oil pickup tube. I will probably drop the differential due to the torsion bars being cranked up a few turns.
As you can see, there is plenty of room for any plumbing, coolers, fans, etc in front of the engine. Much shorter than the 22re.
This is why i need to move the engine and trans forward about 2.5". There appears to be more room than there actually is. Moving the engine/trans to factory position leaves 1/2" between the outlet and firewall.
The rear coolant port also houses three coolant heater plugs, gotta love quick heat in the winter.. People have gotten away with modifying the outlet elbowand see about 1/3" clearance, but I'd like more than 1/3" between my firewall and coolant hose personally. It will be worth it to move it forward, not much more work since im already fabricating my own mounts.