Meh the farm ute's a Nissan, not a bad little car but it'll get a v8 or Commo six in the fullness of time :)
Have seen some very quick little Jap cars, personally after driving the big sixes and the v8s I could never go back to a 4-pot as they just don't feel right. A well-built v8 can produce better power on very similar fuel economy anyway.
BTW I'm from the country, try driving a little 2L out here sometime - they tire out VERY quickly due to the low torque they produce.
Where the hell are you buying parts from that it costs you $1000????
I'm doing a conversion on the weekend, supply and fit all parts, gaskets, etc., and it's costing the guy $300. That sounds a bit harsh on rereading, but Damn! Somebody's ripping you off man.
The MPFI must have been pretty tired, we put it on the old lady's EA and cut the 0-100 time down from 13 seconds to 10. Just to put that in perspective, the old WB panelvan with a 202 gets up to 100 in 13 seconds.....I like multipoint.....
So I reckon you must have gotten a dud MPFI - believe most people here will tell you a similar story to me :)