well, it has been a while since I have updated the thread, figure I willhave to get things caught up.
fired the monster up for the first time 2 days ago, without any of the 02 sensors hooked up, all gauges are working, working on mocking up an exhaust.
needless to say, after completing the wiring 3 months ago and having it all work flawless without any need to fiddle further I was relieved.
as it sits,
-ocanee(read "mexican garbage") radiator
-durango upper hose with a 1.75-1.5 allstar reducer from summit
-durango lower hose with same $6 reducer as upper with 1" cut from water pump side of hose
-98 zj mechanical fan with TJ 4.0 shroud (fits perfectly and believe the 1" BL is the reason)
-going to switch to a ZJ power steering pump (already bought pump, hoses and bracket on fleabay for $15) I find that doing this allows for the use of the stock overflow bottle without any issues
-using the stock durango manifold and y pipe doesnt appear that it will give me much problems, sans a little clearancing of the pinch seam on the firewall
-stock jeep LDP and emissions stuff all seems to be working fine, its mostly just temped in and I want to reroute and clean up the paths of the hoses and will do this with new silicone vacuum lines.
-since I went with a dodge nv3500, the back up switch harness had a different connector, sourced the proper connector (will follow up with part info) and soldered it in place of the jeep connector and all is good.
-PCM I used was from a 2000 Ram 2500 5.9 gas 5 speed I picked up from a local yard for $75
still a long way to go, from the frame up build it started as, nicer weather is approaching and should be able to plug away on it.
motor needs some fresh parts, new tstat, maybe a new IAC since it is hanging high in the rpms before dropping to idle when revved.
will upload pics shortly, and the obligatory video once the exhaust is installed.
and give a little more detailed write up about specific parts and pieces.
I also need to get a scanner at some point just for any troubleshooting that may be needed