6 months since my last post, whoops. Lets catch up.
I couldn't stand the smoke the new rebuild was putting out.
All indicators pointed to bad rings even though they were brand new. Back to the tent.
I didn't take any pictures of this job. It's a real pain to get a hold of a cherry picker and scary to set it up on soft dirt.
I decided to leave the block in for the re-ring job. There is some discussion in the ring sticky thread about doing this and everyone seems to think it is a waste of time.
After pulling the motor and doing rings and then a month later leaving the block in and doing rings, my opinion is;
If all you are doing is rings (no honing, crank replacement, etc.) it was WAY faster/easier for me to leave the block in the car, pull the head, and drop in the new piston setups.
I've driven the motor a few hundred miles now with no Smoke. Bad aftermarket rings, improper installation? not sure which one.