The turbo is officially part of the powertrain! All I need to do is finish the downpipe, run the oil feed line and oil return line. The K&N filter has already been ordered.
I made the lower plate for the */c intercooler. I am going low-tech... hard maplewood was used. Excellent heat isolation, no gaskets needed. The total thickness will be 2-3/4". I already measured and it will clear the hood nicely. I won't be able to use the engine cover, though (darn!)
Next, I am building the turbo intercooler. I was going to use a front mount intercooler (fmic), but I have decided to go all-out and build a much smaller, much more efficient liquid-air unit. It will go right under the turbo where the charcoal canister is, behind the front bumper. Total charge-air piping will only be about 3 ft, instead of about 10ft with a fmic.
Gotta take a few days off to finish some other things, but I'll be back on it next week.