I got a call yesterday from Mitch asking if I was doing anything this weekend. I said no, so he said I was coming by the shop to pick up my engine. :-) And so, after two years, I can finally post this picture for all my friends who kept nagging me about where my damn engine was. :-)
The amount of work left is almost overwhelming. The engine itself needs a bit more attention; specifically, a front case, water pump, a few gaskets, the cam seals, and a few other bits and pieces. Mitch gave me one of the 2.4L oil pans without a return fitting allowance, and I'm going to see about welding on a steel AN bung for a perfect return line attachment point. I also have to get the valve cover and block painted; I think Erica's going to be taking that on, since I can't be trusted with a paint can. Otherwise, I have a complete 4g64 6-bolt 2.4L engine, with custom 9:1 Wiseco pistons, Oliver billet rods, and a well-worked Engintecs head with dual valve springs, oversized valves, Forced Performance FP3 cams, and a ton of porting and shaping of the intake and exhaust ports. Mitch also took the time to dial in my Venom cam gears properly for me, and sent me on my way with my oh-so-pimp ATI "super damper", Evo III exhaust manifold (which he was apparently busy finishing the porting on this morning), and the rest of the parts for my Cyclone intake manifold, along with miscellaneous gaskets, nuts, screws, and such.
I have a ton of work to do now.