I guess it’s been a few weeks since my last update.
I am finally able to announce that:
MY LAND CRUISER STARTED AND RAN TONIGHT!!!!
After spending the weekend trying to finish all the final details prior to the initial startup of the rebuilt 3FE, I was able fire it up just after dark tonight.
Per the instructions from the rebuilder, I started the engine and ran it at 1200 RPMs until the coolant temperature began to rise, then I increased the RPMs to 1800 and ran it for 45 minutes (the rebuilder stated a minimum of 30 minutes).
So far everything sounds and looks good (except for all the smoking from the new paint).
I have to wait until Tuesday for the initial test drive. I still have to swap out the rear tires for the stock tires rather than the 33 inchers. I put the stock tires on the front in order for the engine to clear the front cross member. I’ll run the stock 31 inch tires all the way around for the engine break in period (first 2000 miles or more) so I reduce the chances of lugging the engine (plus the odometer will be a accurate for the multiple oil and filter changes, retorquing of the head gasket, etc in the next 2000 miles).
That’s all for now.