Yeah guys, it runs!
I've been posting on Doug'* computer, so some of his latest posts were from me. We got it going, and the engine immediately developed a loud tick
. We also saw a bunch of smoke coming from the rear exhaust manifold, so we put two and two together and figured there was an exhaust leak around the rear manifold where we had the tubes welded to the flange for porting. However, the manifold looked okay, and as the engine continued to idle we noticed the ticking started to subside. Eventually, it went away completely, so we believe it was temporary lifter tick from their initial lack of oil. Once they got pumped up, the motor purred like a kitten (a mean, slightly lumpy kitten). Sound clips and/or video will come in the next few weeks!
Now we're waiting to replace a brake line tomorrow before the car'* maiden voyage. However, we're facing a dilemma concerning my scantool. The AutoXray EZ Scan 4000 does NOT scan for KR from the factory. I would have to purchase an upgrade package to get the capability, but my gut feeling is to resell the AutoXray and get the LS1M scanner with a Palm PDA. I need to know if there is a way to monitor my timing numbers with my current scanner in order to tell if I'm getting KR. If the car can make it over 2.5 hours of interstate cruising tomorrow, I can get a reliable scan from a Grand Prix owner. The plan is to load up on 93 octane and add a bunch of octane boost before the trip, just to kill any KR I might not be able to detect. I think it should get me where I'm going. I'll take any suggestions for the best advisable course of action based on my circumstances. Thanks a lot, and we'll post more info as we figure it out!