With the process of getting the new engine connected, I discovered one item that had been previously overlooked. The stock thermostat housing exited straight up and would have caused the upper radiator hose to interfere with the turbocharger air inlet hose. Obviously a solution was needed, and that solution turned out to be a custom thermostat housing that exited to the side.
With little packages of TIG filler rod scattered all over the shop, it was becoming increasingly harder to find the correct alloy and size when I needed them. Obviously I needed a better way to keep my filler rods organized.
I’ve been very lucky in acquiring equipment for my home shop. The company that I worked for back in Texas had a 1961 Delta wood/metal cutting bandsaw in their scrap equipment pile, along with a 1959 Delta floor stand drill press with power feed.