Wet pull means the power pack was removed from the truck will the radiator attached and all fluids undrained.
This engine is located in Texas so like I said, you are very likely to find one much closer and in better shape.
I have a “wet pull” 302 with hydramatic attached, hasn’t run in 40 years (core). Sure you can find a closer better one to you.
Random thoughts: the mil 302 has the front motor mounts cast into the side of the block as opposed to the front timing gear plate on the civ. The mil 302 does not...
Your injection pump is dying, get it remanufactured. The cut wires on the filter are inconsequential, they are for the diagnostic connector. The alternator might be getting intermittent sense voltage, that is the feed in the small gauge wire.
Unrelated. Starting problem is common for those with the crappy key switch. The noise you hear is the starter remaining engaged with the engine running. Get rid of the key switch. PS could be no fluid, bad pump, others …
Personally, I have been looking for a $1500 turret support for two years now to no avail. The big picture is that having a complete turret on your truck adds at least $10k in value. I would probably pull the trigger at that price. It would hurt like hell though.
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