here it is installed. all said and done, 22 minutes. the throttle body is also being replaced (it is shown here on the left, the last aluminum part attached to the rubber intake plumbing) but the new one wasn't here when i started the projec this morning....the ups driver arrived with it just as i was reconnecting the battery. figures. that's ok, it'll only take about 15 minutes to install.
on the docket: exhaust and lower gearing...the stock gearing, 3.27, is such that the car only turns 1800 rpm on the highway. obviously milage biased. the new gears, 4.10's, will be spicey. of course, i will install the exhaust myself, but someone with real skill will be required to install the gears.