looks like the dream is dead.
Diagnosis: engine is kaput, needs a rebuild
So, I got the call. not enough room for a torch even after jacking the engine up. mechanic says the various leaks are worse than I initially thought they are. this isn’t some skullduggery, he knows full well I can’t afford a full engine rebuild. if anything, he offered to lend me his engine hoist at no cost. which means I now need to do a poor man’s rebuild (gaskets, timing chain, water pump,ect) because I definitely don’t have the money to put the speed parts that I want into it.
Can any of you recommend anything else I should do while I am in there? barring any machine work? it will get bore honed and magnafluxed someday (soon, hopefully) but not today.