I am at the tail end of my first rebuild. I hope not to be doing another for a long time to come
Tail end??? Tail end is great! I'd love to be at the tail end! Where in the "sequence of events" are you?
I just installed the timing chain, cover, water pump, oil pump, torqued the head, installed the big water pipe, the little water pipe. I'm about to install the intake manifold and ERG pipe, etc.
And, a big FLIPP'N YES to "not to be doing another for a long time to come"!!!!!