So at this point I'm waiting for parts, scraping head gasket off the block & general cleaning. There is lots to do still like pull off the oil cooler, install water pump & lower hoses. I did get help from a neighbor to get the hood off WOW! That made a big difference. I'm really looking forward to getting this back together I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Here some pics.
Now that I have the HG off you can see better where the failure is... actually both rear water ports faild.
I also got the oil cooler off. Not bad for 18 years of service.
One more thing I did was relocate the VSV.
Below is OEM location. I believe this was my original P0401 problem.