I am now held up by a thermostat linkage arm (that's not on the engine) and a spring that may or may not be at the builder's house (more on that later). If I can fix the linkage and get the spring - I'll get the tin back on and get closer to installing it.
My final days at the job that's consumed the last year of my life are coming - two more to go - and then I've got a week to figure some shit out on this engine before I start the next job. I'll drive this car someday. Maybe.