Went to the shop tonight with my bottom end. Made some good progress and got the cases split tonight, even without the raw hide hammer the shop manual recommended. Pat got some aircraft stripper shit to get all the old wrinkle coat paint off the jugs and heads. He warned me the shit was pretty harsh...turns out I had some on my gloves and I had to scratch my ass, now my ass cheek is on fire.
Looks like the piston to wall clearance is a little out of spec and we will be going .040 over on the new pistons. Time to make a parts list!