I'll be honest, I was almost expecting to see a cone filter attached to the end of the MAF sensor, in the engine bay.
What we have here is a clean install, and a functional CAI. Only thing I'd do different is make sure the MAF is the same distance away from the TB as it was stock. Though, the readings are probably a bit skewed now anyway, so it probably doesn't make a huge difference.
i recently built a CAI for my girlfriends 2.2 ecobalt and i was nervous of this issue, with the spectre kit i used (kits for that car are $225 min) i got the kit for $40 from a friend, the way i have it setup is the maf is about 4-5 inches further away from the tb.
but it runs great and felt a good gain, the stock airbox is 3 or 4 pieces and enormous. kind of strange is like SUPER loud, almost too loud for an intake, but sounds great, and from the outside it can be heard from quite a distance,
but i havent noticed any negative change from having the MAF a different distance from the TB, i dont mean to thread jack but could be some consequences of this? it idles great and gets better mpg.. so im not sure.
Nice job. I may build one myself one of these days, not that I expect any gains by doing it, other than I can switch to a washable dry filter element. I would just use a drop in, but no one is making a good washable dry filter for Taurus', so a cone filter and a custom CAI is the only other option.