what turned out to be the cause of the no-start?
The wiring was sub-par. The no-start was the coil wire was soldered to the ASD wire on the engine-to-body harness connector. I wired in an oil pressure sensor from a junkyard harness to the PCM connector, so now that works again. I depinned some of the crap that was hanging, and tore apart the loom and tape and redid it. Nothing I can do now about all of the soldered connections simply being taped up instead of heatshrink wrap.
The fuel pump primes repeatedly, which I still can't find the issue to, something to do with the crank sensor it seems like. I don't know though. I put a switch on the ASD ignition wire in the column ignition harness. Doubles as theft deterrent at least, now. Whatever.
Cut out the wheel wells:
Got a new toy:
Everlast 200dx 200-amp ac/dc TIG w/ pulse and SMAW. Going to eventually swap out the bulky 26 torch for a 9 series or similar. My first batch of argon was bad, so that was annoying.
Shop's getting messier as I'm trying to put it back together:
Ended up with an 82.5" long 7-rib serpentine belt in my config, no a/c and using a ZJ pump pulley with the XJ pump. Twice as expensive as stock, it seems.
I needed to choke the strap way more, I couldn't get the Jeep to compress enough, I still had like 5" downtravel and 2" uptravel left. I was trying to see how the front driveshaft is going to work out with the sheet metal and the starter casting now on the driver's side. If I had a low pinion front axle it wouldn't even be a question, but the HP60 and how high I have my d300 tucked up, the driveshaft takes up some definite real estate in some sensitive areas near the gas pedal. I wanted to get my d300 clocking ring redrilled, but after double checking, there's not enough space to drill all 6 holes again in a lower mounting position. If I could have it clocked like stock it wouldn't be an issue, again, but I'm not drilling my ax15 adapter housing or the likes.
One of those little studs on the top of the radiator got stripped, so I'll have to retain the rad another way on that side.