Yesterday, I got the valves etc. installed in the head, as well as the camshafts and chain tensioner. Everything went together well, and the leak test was good. I did a test-fitting of the head onto the block, mainly to visualize how I was going to get the timing chain installed, and the camshafts timed properly.
I measured my tappet clearances; I will need to do a little math, and order some shims. This is probably due to me lapping the valves to clean up the seats.
When I began to re-install the tensioner, I found that I'd installed a small bolt where the tensioner bolt was supposed to go, probably for safe-keeping:
The threaded portion of the bolt is about 8mm long, and it has what appears to be an aluminum washer on it. I'll have to be vigilant as I continue, to determine the proper location for this item. I cannot complain...this is the first 'bonus' part in the process...either leftover, or missing part! If anyone has an idea, I can quit playing 'Where's Waldo' much sooner.
I just found out that I have a few weeks of military duty starting soon, so this will further delay my progress. At least when I get back, I'll have shims and a pinion seal waiting for me!
A question: The engine overhaul manual cautions about installing and checking only one camshaft at a time, to avoid valves touching. Can they really interfere? It seems they won't actually move that far; of course, better to err on the side of safety.
Now, off to Harbor Freight to get a digital caliper that will measure the shims!