On the way are:
10 pound flywheel (stock is ~22 pounds)
new oil pump
every seal and gasket on the motor
new rings and new bearings
I picked up an engine stand for cheap as well as a load leveler and a hoist. I bought the various one-off tools I'll need to do the rings and install the pistons, though they are surprisingly cheap.
All in I'm at just over $600 so far thanks to deal-hunting and free shipping. With fluids, paint, and everything else I imagine I'll spend another $100-$150 or so but be left with a MUCH nicer and hopefully much happier car.
While the motor is out I (and Amanda, since she's discovered that painting can be fun) will be freshening up the engine bay and cowl area. The prior owner spilled brake fluid everywhere so it's in need of a bit of love.
I'm still debating on pulling the head apart since it's a reasonably fresh rebuild. If the valves look clean I'll probably leave it alone but if they're nasty I have new seals and keepers.
Started a bit today...
Headlights out, cowl cleaned out:
Tower brace removed and intake starting to come apart (and you can see how nasty the bay really is...the prior owner spilled brake fluid all over and ruined a lot of the paint):
...and this is why I love my wife:
I'll be pulling more apart as I get parts in this week and over the next few weeks as the car becomes more and more of an empty roller.