Made some more progress the last few days. Put the new crack pipe and thermostat housing in. The crack pipe looks sharp; too bad it is invisible with the car fully assembled.
Got the starter back in and changed the oil pan gasket today. Also put the intake manifold back on today.
In the process of putting the transmission back in I bumped a wire and the end fell to the floor with a piece of electrical tape on the end. Instead of doing it properly the PO just taped the two ends together Needless to say we redid that wire properly. I think the intake manifold looks pretty cool polished up next to the polished portions of the valve cover
Anyway hoping to complete the project this week