Sounds like it would be easier just to change the computer along with the engine...I don't remember everything I did, but a couple things were
1)change the egr and tube
2)change the cam on my dizzy
there's more.. Hopefully Kemicalburns chimes in.. In my opinion he's the most knowledgeable about it.. Search for write ups or posts..
Well it probably WOULD run without the crankshaft sensor. But the 96's have it due to being OBD2. But I'm pretty sure it's only for misfire detection.I never changed the timing cover or added the crankshaft sensor.. Weird.. Sack you do know your stuff, however I didn't have to do that..
I had to take the cam from the 96 Dizzy and put it on a 351 Dizzy that had an external TFI. (cause I went from 87 302 to 96 351)