Slow & Steady

Intake is on. Like every other intake with angled bolts, could only get a torque wrench on a couple of them so I calibrated my hand and added 10%. Should be good to go.

I am way too amused with the fact that the opening seen on the front carries the whole way through under the plenum and you can see through it.

Next up I need to stick the valve covers on it for real (have been setting them in place to keep dirt out; going to glue the gaskets to them then actually install). After that I’ll probably hang the headers on it to check plug clearance. They were really tight on the stock heads, so we’ll see. I think the exhaust ports on these heads are .100" higher so that might help... or hurt. TBD. If I have enough clearance I’d really like to wrap the headers to keep the heat out of the engine bay and generally make them look less-bad.

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The only remaining major-step is to dial in the bellhousing, which I’m not looking forward to. I can’t do it on the engine stand, and the engine takes enough torque to turn over (now that the valvetrain is in place) that it’s going to be a huge pain to do it with the engine trying to flop over on the floor. Worst case I’ll back the rockers off and re-do them later. It’s a Muncie, so it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I still want to check it - and if I’m adjusting it, might as well do it all the way. Maybe I’m underestimating how much it weighs and it won’t be an issue, we’ll see.

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