The transmission, starter, and drive shafts are back in. I still have to install the shifters and exhaust pipe to exhaust manifold, check gear oil level.
The re-install of the starter has always been a real bear for me. Itís very difficult to get a socket, extensions, and ratchet in the space. Removing the oil filter helped with the space issue. I bought a new flange bolt for the top bolt which made is way easier to keep a 14mm deep socket on it.
Next on my list to complete this project will be to fix the rear diff leak, get AC recharged, fix leak at steering box. I will then get back to adding some miles to the break-in and isolating the engine noise I'm concerned about.
I will continue to tune this engine to get it to cold start up and perform like I think it should.
I plan to install a header and 2" or 2.25" exhaust with new muffler sometime after getting a few thousand miles on it. A new set of softer shocks are also on my list. I will also be considering a camshaft change based upon how this engine performs after getting the tune level I want.
HOT TIP: Since starting this rebuild, I have bought and gone through a dozen boxes of 5 mil Nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight. Using gloves have really protected my hands from cuts and scratches, and saved hours of time from not having to decrease and scrub them.