During normal driving there is no smoke at all and at this point there is only a puff on the driver's side during the hard deceleration test. I won't be able to work on it for about six month and the motor is good enough for the time being.
The motor should be nicer after the rebuild with all eight cylinders at about 160 PSI compression. Along with any other issues I can find and fix it will be a step in the right direction.
When the engine and transaxle are out it will be easy to clean up the engine bay. And the transaxle can get new seals and gaskets and then it will leak less.