I'll chime in on the coolant filter, I guess it boils down to opinion and preference. I'm running one on my 96' HDJ80 with the 1HD-FT motor because when the engine came from the UK it was pretty gunked up with rust and scale in the coolant passages. It's a bypass filter so the engine won't overheat if the filter was to ever clog.
I've been filtering the coolant for probably 20k now and the stuff that has come out of the engine is incredible. I cut open each filter and check them. I would not hesitate to install a coolant filter if you think you have dirty/poorly maintained block. It's made a HUGE difference in mine for sure and it's cheap insurance. I'm not buying off on them being dangerous (how?) or unnecessary but again that's my $.02 opinion.
Quite a bit of progess on base lining. I think I just have brake fluid and hosss left and I’m pretty set.
Rebuilt my power steering pump, it’s been weeping out of the back for a while. Pretty straight forward process. The o rings and the seal were rock hard (the seal also has worn two grooves into the main shaft, but the new seal has appeared to seal it still *knocks on wood*). Here are some random pics I took thought out the process.
Also took my factory roof rack off. I’m happy I’ve done that as 3/4 of the nutsers were rusted out. I’m going to clean up the rust and drill out all the nutserts. Then I will add some 1/4-20 nutserts with epoxy in case I will want to mount anything else in the future.