So for the time being, I picked up another junkyard head. Complete with buckets and cams for about $60. Threw it on and she fired right up. Good thing too, because I have meets to go to the next 2 weekends.
Here it is with the new strut brace plus a thick layer of dirt.
FocusXtreme - Hatch Nation #96
04 ZX3 5.0, T5, 4 lug 7.5 w/ 3.73s [3/13 ROTM] ["Best Non-SVT" FITF '12]
12 SE Hatch Sport & Winter Package, ST Front End
91 Ranger XLT 3/4 drop
89 Bronco II XLT Well the body is still stock, what's left of it
97 Mountaineer 5.0, AWD, 3.73s