A little update.
I haven't gotten very far on any mods. I've been researching more than anything, which brings me to my first issue. Air flow seems to be the major issue with these engines. From what I've read, the MAF mod doesn't seem to gain very much. It seems by having an engine that has had quite a bit of work may show some small improvement, but with my engine being pretty much stock, I may put this one on hold for now.
I ended up getting the TB (as well as a MAF) off the donor car at Pick n Pull the other day. After reading countless threads on the TB mod, I think this mod will be one that I actually see some up front gains. As one poster put it: "the mod with the most bang for your buck". I have plenty of experience machining, but not a whole lot modifying engine parts, so this one will be trials and errors and a lot of measuring so I don't completely wreck the TB. From the pics I've come across, to explanations on what and where to modify, I feel I can do a decent job. I think it will make more sense as I get into the project.
My Blauparts transmission service kit came in the other day too, so I'm looking to get the tranny cleaned out and buttoned up this weekend some time.
Last edited by country hick; 03-22-2014 at 06:29 AM.