And it is the #3, yes #3 cylinder!
Yes, I have pics and will post when I am allowed to. Need 25 posts, being a newbie on this site.
Cylinders are all fine though, but both the head and piston in #3 are toast. Not nearly as bad as some pics I've seen, due to the engine not being run much after the seat dropped, but not as mild as the best case scenario.
So rebuilding the short block is in order. I'm likely to pull the block out instead of trying to work from underneath. That will also allow me to take the block to my machine shop for boiling out and honing, and checking for cracks.
I'll need a "new" piston and rod. The piston's a partial dome-top design -- if you have a spare OEM SPI (~2001) piston/rod (stock bore) in perfect shape, please PM me with your price (shipped to KS) and e-mail address so that I can send you a pic of my piston tops, for comparison.
After a long battle, a shower and a tube of Neosporin are in order.