Oh yeah, there's all kinds of stuff to do before I get the cams, I just meant the whole "getting it together" as in dropping it in the car, flashing the tune, and firing it up.Can't you start cleaning engine first before you start putting it together? It's something I'd do so that my engine looks as purdy and shiny as possible before it goes into the engine bay. If you do, brake cleaner....and lots of it....will be your best friend
I need to autopsy the old motor, see what died and what is still usable. Put in a new oil pump, water pump, swap oil pans, get new sensors, bolt up the AC, get the stuff to charge the AC, learn how to do the timing, etc.
I'll buy a good supply of brake cleaner and go to town too. Should I tape off any ports, or doesn't that matter at this stage? Might paint the motor, but I do know that'll require taping things off.