With everything set to do put the head back on, I began assembly only to discover in process that the bottom left bolt in the front cover had been broken off in the block. With no way to address that in the car, the rest of the engine had to come out.
And this is where the opportunity presented itself to drag my future plans into the present since I'm not driving anywhere these days anyway.
Rather than just drilling out the broken bolt, I decided to switch horses and rebuild the numbers matching engine block. My original plan had been to build up the short block some winter and swap it in. More on that in another post.
The engine bay was also a bit shabby particularly around the battery tray. I took the opportunity to decrease everything and repaint the affected areas with POR15 after using Eastwood rust converter.