Would I have to make a trip to LV? Ha-Ha. I just noticed your signature picture, looks awfully familiar...
Thank you for the offer, but I am going to go the header route. I have a friend that's a good fabricator and he's going to give me hand with them.
Compression on the engine checks out - 210-195psi on all cylinders. That took a while, 12 holes to check, but I am happy the engine seems to be in good shape.
Oil pan is off and will be modified along with the oil pump and pickup tube. The stock oil pickup tube exits the rear of the pump and does a 90 down into the pan. I will be plugging the rear hole, making a new one on the bottom of the pump (it's huge) and making a new pickup tube. All this for steering rack clearance.
Will post some more pictures when I get the chance.