Glad to hear your trip went relatively well!
I'd be interested to know how you achieve the degreasing on the engine. I have several engines I'd love to get "paint-ready" clean, but no idea how to get there economically (in terms of hours and dollars). For what it can reach a pressure washer strips away thick deposits of dust and oil quickly, but often all it reaches is the valve cover. The block sides, timing cover, and oil pan seem impossible to reach with a pressure washer wand. The spray can degreasers don't penetrate deeply enough to make heavy deposits slough away, and it's difficult and extremely time-consuming to get in there with a brush to move things along mechanically. What's the "right" way to do it?