a good inexpensive solution is a used set of heads bolted to your block. known good block with new headgaskets is a nice hit.
bump the starter just for a second. it'll get oily but some proper cardboard will take care of that. i've bumped, and even ran for a second, an engine with exposed valve train, it's just a little messy. It's just like a timing belt except some of the oil won't get captured so to speak...Anybody know of an easy way to check if the cams are turning without taking the timing cover off? Maybe my scanner can read the cam sensor, but I doubt it, I only have a basic one.