LOL, I try to stick with the 67 and earlier when possible....you know, the "not so nice" ones
Welcome to Mud!
I would choose Jim C (TLC Performance) over Man-a-fre. Top notch products and great service (although he can get quite busy at times).
Looks like a solid enough basis to start with.
That's a pretty half-assed de-smog; removed the air injection pump (and just cut off the lines near the head and hammered them shut) but not the EGR. Won't be that much work to clean up. Jim C. @FJ40Jim sells the correct air rail hole plugs and other stuff you will need for a proper de-smog.
Where in Texas are you? There are a fair number of 40's all over the state represented here on Mud.
Good luck with your build and have fun with it in any event.
Just got a complete kit from TLC Performance delivered. Any tips you guys can offer? I'll be working on this over the weekend.
Should I use any kind of loctite for the air rail plugs?
Since you have a late 2F, these two threads will help you a lot:
My Desmog Keeping HAC Lots of Pics
The Definitive 79-80 Desmog Guide
The first one is the most up to date in my opinion.
I used some high-temp thread sealant made by either Loctite or Permatex; let me see if I can find it.
12 years since I did my desmog, and the air rail plugs have never leaked.
The desmog kit from TLC Performance comes with 2 plugs where the BVSV's go. On a desmog, are these necessary at all? From what I've read on this forum, some members keep one or the other. What is the purpose of these, and should I just plug both of them up? Thanks!