Wow. VERY thorough write up. Very nice man. Pictures make my world go round! I'm glad you were able to fix this all yourself, my Duratec 2.0 had bad valves somehow (I dont think the previous owner knew that oil changes were required, or maybe they drove at 6k RPM's for 63,000 miles, who knows) and I bit the bullet and had a mechanic do it.
Unrelated to the rebuild, but what suspension kit do you have? Looks like the perfect amount of low.
ROTM June '13, PNW Crew #42, SR #245, Rally Rev #02