Well we have now had another hang up. Nothing major but, my buddy found someone who wanted the old 400. The new owner picked it up and my buddy forgot to get the motor mounts off of the 400. So, now he has to drive about a hundred miles to get them back. It could have been much worse but, still a small hassle. We also were able to get in touch with the fella who has the other 440. I ended up picking it up for $600.00. It was a good deal because it had a new intake manifold (which is still new in the box), new DUI ignition (also still new in the box), and a set of headers (also new in the box). We will end up installing all of these parts on the truck maybe even this week.
The cross over steering looks great and the clutch is also looking great as well. Problem with the cross over steering is that there is a small block that goes under the steering arm. The studs end up being a little longer so that they can pass through the block and the arm. My concern is that even under normal everyday driving there is a lot of single sheer pressure and they may snap. So, a hydraulic ram is probably going to have to go on just to help the steering so there is not so much pressure on those studs. The studs are made by ARP and are good quality but......
I am also searching for all new wood for the bed floor, all new hardware, and a new fuel cell. I think I have found where I will get the bed wood and the hardware from. A place called Bruce Horkey's. They make some really pretty products and they also seem to have everything covered for hardware, wood protection, and even bed covers. The fuel cell will probably end up being a Jaz cell from Summit Racing. The fuel cell needs to be 30 gallons or more. 440's aren't known for sipping fuel.