Me and some friends were looking over the truck again today and it was pointed out that the turbo could be rear mounted and I could keep the long tube headers, which likely have better flow characteristics than the log manifold. I don't think this would be too difficult to do, but I am concerned with debris/water hitting the turbo (a shield could be made), the complications of adding a scavenging pump, and boost lag. I have also heard somewhere that long tube headers may not be the best for boost.
I am wondering if I can chop off the flange on the log manifold and have the turbo flange welded in its place, then begs the question where the wastegate would go if the turbo is bolted directly to the manifold.
I'm stuck on which route to take, looking for some of your opinions.
The HX35 is a physically large turbo which makes it harder to cram in the engine bay. A benefit of a rear mount is there is plenty of room to fit the turbo, air filter, etc.
If I am not mistaken, I think a GT35 has a smaller physical size and would be easier to fit in the engine bay, but I have heard good things about the low RPM spool of the HX35.