Update as of October 13th!
Got some more work done today. Still don't have the head off which annoys me but we're damn close. Tried to get an early start cause I'm so
eager to dismantle my engine, got up at the crack of noon and kinda putzed around till my buddy Dave showed up and then got wrenching. Today I decided to start with draining the radiator fluid since we'd be pulling off lots of hoses and ****, some of which contained coolant so I had my friend pick me up another drain pan since I had none left. After that I started on the intake manifold. First I took out the strut tower bar, then started wrenching on the mani. Lots of bolts and a few hoses later, we have this. Look ma, no digested butterfly screws! Oh and notice the oil in the runners...
...and more oil in the manifold
Sweet. So we pulled off the mainfold and zip-tied the coil packs and what not out of the way and are left with this.
Then after some pondering and discussion as to what else was necessary to remove the head, we pulled out the air box and the coolant overflow container to give us some fightin' room and are left with this. (Coolant container isn't bolted in, just chillin there to be out of the way)
So at this point I start working on the header while my friend tries to figure out how to get the cam gear cover off. After screwin with the heat shield and almost rounding one of the nuts on the header I crawled out from under the car to put my nose in what Dave is doing. Everything holding the header to the block is off but its is still attached by the two spring bolts just cause they were a pain in the *** and I was annoyed, so I wanted to do something else. Plus I didn't have the right size wrench to get the O2 sensors off so it was kind of a moot point. Anyway, still unsure as to what needed to be done about the cams and whatnot my buddy Dave used his phone-a-friend lifeline and called up his buddy Will, a former Nissan mechanic, who stopped by to give us some pointers. Will tells us since we're not pulling the motor out of the car that the passenger side motor mount needs to come out and we gotta take off all the accessory pulleys in order to get to the bolts holding the cam gear cover on and to be able to get it off. At this point we're both out of steam and decide to wrap it up so we're left staring at a motor mount-less but still long ways to go cam gear/timing chain cover.
Oh also, buy these things. They work good as ****.
Dude, look at the ****ing grime built up in my intake runners. How does that even happen?
Fuel injector on the left, spotless. Injector on the right, disgusting. Other two are the exact same. So my injectors go; disgusting, spotless, disgusting, spotless. Hey, at least they're consistant.