So, Ive still been chipping away at this thing. Right now I have a little over 1,000 miles on the car and all is well. I did a compression test and all the cylinders are checking in around 237psi which is perfect according to the dynamic compression calculator. Ive done a little bit on my gauge bezel, I got some new seats that came out of an rx8 that I am trying to fit in this thing, I am in the middle of a gear swap, doing a pre-97 gas tank swap, and finally I have to take the timing cover off and swap out a timing chain tensioner because its making noise.
Got the diff out, installed all new bearings, carbon clutch trac-lok rebuild kit, and a set of Ford racing 4.10's. The 3.55 gears were not nearly enough for this thing. It will also be going back together with some FTBR goodies. I got the adjustable diff mounts so I can set my pinion angle, and I got adjustable sway bar end links because mine were shot.
Got the gas tank down. If you are 98 and want a 97 and down tank you need a few things for the swap. The good thing about the 97 tank is the fuel pump unit is separate from the level sensor and there are a LOT more pump options. In order to do the swap, you need the tank, level sensor, pump unit, filler neck, and the two lines that go from the fuel filter/return line back to the tank.
These lines are kind of hard to get and can be pricey. I got mine from the junkyard for $10.
Ill keep you guys updated
Rebuild in the works. New crank, 2013 Boss rods, srp .020 over flat top pistons with valve reliefs, 12:1 compression, ported pi heads, comp xe278ah cams.