I returned my head gaskets locally and had to order some thicker ones, which will not be here until around Monday or Tuesday.

I completed the cam degree work and also did the piston-to-valve clearance checking. The cam is slightly retarded, which will take away some of the starting line violence and give me a little bit on top end.

I installed all the head studs, the timing chain cover and the harmonic balancer. I can put the oil pump on and the oil pan but I normally put that on last.

I have never used head studs. That was an adventure trying to put the head on over those studs! Took me several tries before I got it in place. I can just see me trying to do that with the engine in the car!      PHOTOS