Lol, might be awhile til I get the second one done!Wait! Stop! Since you're at it, you should build 2, then bill me for 1. I like where this is going. The studs are a nice idea for helping with that godawful manifold install. Honestly the removal and install of the manifolds with the motor in the Jeep is the hardest part of a head swap or gasket replacement. Pretty sure my neighbors learned some new phrases while I was doing mine. Are you concerned about the studs in the long-term future? Corrosion and either snapping or backing out? Probably nothing to worry about but studs and I don't get along real well.
And I'm not concerned about them backing out at all, I put red thread lock on, it has served me well. These studs also have an Allen head machined into the end so you can actually get them screwed in tight. I'm not sure how they'll do with corrosion, being titanium I figured they'd do quite well against it, and titaniun is stronger than steel anyway, so breakage shouldn't be an issue.
I'll probably check everything after its together and has been run for a few hundred miles, retorque all hardware etc etc.
Also, I ordered a bunch of other hardware last night for the jeep. I found that ARP makes flywheel bolts and pressure plate bolts... I could have reused the old hardware when I remove the engine, but I decided that it would be better to have new anyway due to the age of the hardware. Also ordered those vacuum lines from HPSI.
Today ill set up my parts washer and get the hardware and manifold decreased. I'm not sure if I wanna sandblast the IM yet, depends on how it looks after the degreasing.