Originally Posted by DustyStang306
Just mark everything on where it was an you will be fine dont drop anything down the intake runners an keep the lifter valley clean make sure your hands are clean when putting the new gaskets in an you can use gasket maker to hold the new gaskets down well you put the upper an lower on if you need help let me know if not go an try her out after an have some fun haha just make sure you look up the Torque SPECS on them an the lower is done in 3 step I forget the numbers but it's like 22 to 25ft-lbs All said an done an you have to do it in the right Order I don't remember the order but if you google it you will find it
Holy CRAP make sure you use a torque wrench on this. I heard way too many horror stories of ppl just using "calibrated elbows" or whatever and blowing out the threads. I used an old school dial style torque wrench and it came out perfect.
Also, this is the stuff you need to make correct gaskets that don't leak.
More pics of when I was building my super mega ultra hyper neo budget 302.
Cut off bolts to line up that intake to the heads make it much easier.
Don't forget the sealant around the runners near the water ports.
Much maligned Edelbrock RPM heads look pretty damn good. In hindsight I should have spent the extra $200 for TFS heads but these did ok.
This is what your end gaskets should look like. If you use the cork pieces or even the rubber ones that come in some of the kits... you're an idiot.
Torqued down, there is a torque sequence the Chilton's manual, not sure about the Haynes. Why do they even make Haynes manuals anyway?
After this the upper just plops on top, install bolts and torque that down too. If you've got an exploder upper just buy an EGR spacer like you would for any aftermarket intake where you want to keep the EGR and hook everything back up like you would for your car.
NOTE: There is a sensor bung that you can see on the #5 runner (front left) that is untapped. If I remember correctly (I have not had a fox in 10 years), it is an IAT sensor that is not in the intake on the SN95 cars or the Exploders. You can relocate the sensor to the CAI or just pay a shop a few bucks to drill and tap it for you. This is not something I would try with drill bits and a hand drill although I'm sure someone has with success.. Oh, that bung will not exist on the 2nd gen, non egr Exploder intakes.