Somewhere under this mess is a t-stat
intake is now off:
reference pic for myself. Front of motor at bottom:
This one doesnt come across well in the pic, but the pushrods are pretty rusty
Exhaust manifolds are now off. This went well; there was already one broken bolt in each head, but the rest came right out
This is concerning though; on the right head, the forward bolt hole for each port is cracked
#2 plug broke off the second i touched it
...so did the #3. And the #6. And the #7...
Rolled over. The oil pickup is pretty gross
The cam is showing its age:
...so i decided to pop the #2 main cap.
The bearings are pretty worn, and you can see some scoring
...which corresponds to scoring in the crank journal
The flexplate is cracked all the way around too
The bores dont look too bad, but i cant truly examine them with the pistons in. The crank needs to be cleaned up and new bearings. Probably just change cam at that point. New lifters, pushrods & rockers. New flexplate. The cracks in the passenger head are concerning though, not sure about those. That kind of seals the deal for me, now thinking i would be better off just using this as a core for a reman. Not sure what im going to do now, but either way this isnt going to be a quick fix.