Got my parts Friday, so I got my motor back together Saturday morning. I rolled it out of the garage around 10 am:

Then I went to work putting everything back together. Around 5 pm I had it all together:

Then to my dismay, she decided starting is not something she wants to do today, just crank and crank and crank. At this point I packed it up for the night, took a shower, and had some Bloody Marys.

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Woke up Sunday morning to try to figure out what’s going on. Figuring the crank sensor got damaged installing the trans, so I set to pulling it. Of course it’s stuck, so I say to hell with it. Give the key another try just for shits and giggles, and now it’s cranking and popping off. Still won’t start, but I at least have something now. I have to pack up again so we can go get the kids and run our errands.

Get home Sunday afternoon and I figure I’ll try cranking it over once more. Boom, she fires right up. She was only running on 4, but this gave me a new direction on the issue. I think the injectors/rail are gummed up from sitting, so I’m going to try running it for a bit tonight. If that doesn’t clear it up, I’ll swap my old motor’s injectors.

All in all an accomplished weekend, despite not being able to drive it to work today.

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Update:

Went home last night and changed out the wonky radiator hose. Then I jumped in and hit the key, she fired right up and settled in to a perfect idle. So I got all the fluids topped off and went for a drive.

I found a terrible vibration above 50 mph, which has me thinking the new axle I put in is junk (no surprise), but the motor seems very strong. Drove it around for a while (staying under 50 mph) without issue. Then I pulled back in at home and noticed something dripping. Apparently my brand new power steering pump is junk as well (again no surprise). So I’ll order 2 CVs and a PS pump today, but she lives again!