I'm not going to take the valve cover off today, but maybe these pics can give you an idea of what I'm working with
A few things. Since I took those pics, I ripped out that stupid exhaust manifold heat shield/duct thing along with the airbox, then I plugged up all the vacuum lines that went to the airbox. I actually found a lot of vacuum leaks and plugged them all up, it idles way better now. I'm just gonna run a pipe with a cone filter on it for an intake, since the car doesn't have any kind of MAF or VAF sensor.
The exhaust manifold is cracked. If I put a ranger header on it, can I delete the EGR? That would clean up even more crap that doesn't need to be there.
The AC clutch spins freely when the key is off, and engages whenever the key is on no matter what. Gotta be an electrical or vacuum issue.
Here's how the interior is coming along. The back seats are completely out now though:
Door panel painted:
Center console and a few other parts:
The front suspension and steering components are tight as can be, but there's a leak coming from somewhere in the power steering. Hopefully I can just fix it without buying a new rack or pump.
Updates to follow as I figure things out