Thanks for the replies, fellas. I think keeping it stock is really good advise for a baseline setting. I will ultimately let EGTs and fuel consumption be my guide. My intent is to maximize this engine's useful life to the greatest extent possible so I definitely don't want to do anything to...
I dabbled today with the IP timing on my rebuild project.
I got the procedure down and made some adjustments to confirm I could get the expected result. But, now I'm at a bit of a crossroads. I'm not sure if I should adjust the IP to the HZ spec, the HDT spec, or somewhere in between?
That frame table is amaze-balls.
I’m working on re-installing the behemoth wiring harness and AC evaporator. There’s precious little room under this dash to routing everything is a not-so-fun chore.
Bummer! I may have a couple odd brackets in the attic left over from my several 3FEs. I've got to start pulling camping gear down for my upcoming bull hunt so I'll look to see if I have anything that might work for you.
I resisted all impulses to just spray the firewall with bedliner and be done with it; weeks of blocking and paint prep are now behind me. I’ll be out of pocket for two weeks to hunt bull elk in NE Nevada but as soon as I get back the power train will be installed this thing can finally be put...
It looks like the majority of axle parts I need won't work on my earlier six-lug BJ70 axle. I am going to do some research on the master cylinder, booster, engine mounts, and steering stabilizer p/n's to see if I can make them work in my application.
Updating this thread with some photos:
The injectors and fuel lines are now installed. I'm hoping to have the engine back in the truck soon.
I'm also hooking up all of the HZJ75 warning lights to this dash panel.
So, what I'm really hearing you say is that I just needed to poo-poo the topic after however many years of day dreaming and, bang, a topcover prototype magically appears. So, really you have me to thank for this. ;)