So it turns out the MLPS was bad. it was also the original one, so i had to repin the harness to use the updated one:
From there it was just a matter of priming the fuel system and it roared to life!
Timing is now set, and of course it needs an exhaust system still. I backed it out of the garage to confirm that at the very least, 1st & reverse work. Brakes need bled again. But it runs! So this week ill be working on the interior since ive got a bad power window motor and the door locks dont work. Gotta fix the door panels and the center console. But its close to being a driver!