That is a very nice looking engine you have there. Could you explain why your conversion to MAF made the experience easier for you? What are the specs on the camshaft you used? I really like the way that intake looks black. Clean setup!
Let me be completely fair. That was not the first 357w I built for my 93. I first built one w/ just GT40'S, truck intake, BBK TB, headers w/ stock cam. It ran fine until I turned on the a/c then it would shudder. I also didn't get the expected outcome I had read about here. It was no where near as powerful as I was lead to believe.
So that lead me to want to change the cam, do some porting, roller conversion, injectors, and re-tuned. Problem was, tuning for the SD proved to be beyond my skill level and frankly...desire. I then sought out to find a professional do it. After 3-4months of searching and at least 4-5 shops flat out saying it wasn't worth their time, I gave up.
After wanting more power, I decided to sell my 93 and move onto a 96 that had MAF so I could build an engine and reap all the rewards of running a more efficient a/f system.
In conclusion, I'm not saying someone can't be happy w/ SD...they most certainly can. In fact, the majority of the guys on here run a SD system but in-turn, just run a stock configuration engine aside from simple bolt ons. The ones who build aftermarket engines always gravitate towards MAF for simply the aftermarket support, "tunablity", driveability, reliability, and the cool factor of course. But, I dont have to tell you that if you were in the L scene. I also feel that most gear heads tend to want more and more as they go. Often times here you'll read someone who started w/ a 2.5" lift that now wants to know should he go w/ a 4" or 6" lift. 10 out of 10 responses are 6". After a couple years of wheeling that, then comes the SAS and...so on and so on if wheeling is what they're into. You may be the exception to the rule. I however, am not.
After building the first 357w, I've learned that I only want to build it once and build it right the first time. I never want to have any "I should have done this or that" after a build. I think most guys here that have built higher HP engines w/ SD trucks would agree that they should have started w/ a truck w/ MAF or at the very least converted. I get ADD w/ wiring so its easier for me to just buy a 96 and sell the SD truck than it is to convert. I know that may not be a luxury for most. I dont have any sentimental value to any specific Bronco so I dont have that little voice that says "this was your first Bronco" or "you told yourself you were always going to build this one" or "you love the color, interior, etc". Like I said, I dont have that feeling with one particular Bronco....just Broncos in general. If that makes sense....
Thanks for the compliments on the engine. I have since sold that one as well so I gave the cam sheet to the buyer. (Although I wish I wouldn't have sold it.) The main reason I painted the intake was not for looks but that I hated the way it was subject to dirt and grime with its textured finish. It was very difficult to clean. Especially after installing it. After deciding to paint it, I wanted it to match my VC's. So I stripped it, taped it up and painted it. I used rustoleoum black and el cheapo red rattle can. I was happy with the finished product but I must give credit to my wife for taping everything off precisely w/ an exacto knife. I'm very impatient and have been told that I was "perhaps, easily distracted." Remember my ADD/frustration w/ wiring..?...well, that essentially cascades onto other tedious endeavors so I dont do well on projects that require patience and finesse. She however, was a brilliant architecture graduate so needless to say, if its time-consuming, delicate, or painstaking, she is assigned the job. I get by with her talents.