Engine support

I have another theory on the oil priming issue (as suggested by Jeff). Because the oil filter was filled with oil, for the pump to prime it would have had to push air through the (oil filled) filter, which would have been quite difficult. So if I were to do it again, I would have removed the filter before cranking to prime the pump, then replace the filter and continue.

Here are some pictures of the engine support bar that was made up (thanks again DrDub), and then powder coated (thanks Jeff). As you can see it goes up above the j-tubes and is solid mounted on the bumper mounts (i don't plan to run bumpers, if you did you could weld the bar supports onto the bumper irons). The bar mounts to the engine with the stock rubber mounts.