Thanks, Mark, the head is fully loaded as I understand it now (info came after the initial posts which I just copied/paste). It is actually coming from the Centerline place. A couple of my current questions are about the "buckets and shims", as everything was dumped in a box, I have know idea of matching original combinations; 4 of the cups had shims in them, 4 did not, but even the 4 that did I'm not sure they were there originally or just "fell" in, lol. The other is the block itself and the TC being off and not at TDC and cleaning the cylinders. If i try to rotate the crankshaft to get to TDC or to clean the cylinders, won't that f things up?
Thanks again for all help, thanks for the hello and tips, Mark
Its good that you are getting a fully loaded head. Saves a bunch of work and ensure the head will be flat. You know, I would call and confirm they checked that.
I see that you have 8 buckets and 8 shims. Thats the right number but yes, you are right, you have no idea which went where. Unfortunate but I don't think that bad.
You will need to check the valve clearances so take the time now and measure the thickness of the shims. I have a spreadsheet that helped me when I did mine. Send me a PM with your email and I will send to you.
While you might get lucky and all the valve clearances come in spec, they probably wont since they are all mixed up, so keep them organized after you measure them.
As mentioned, YOU DO NOT WANT TO DISTURB THE CYLINDERS, they have an o ring at the bottom of them, so get some pipe and lock them down before you move the cylinders.
Lastly. I would clean up the head bolt and stud threads. The thread is M12 x 1.5. Here is when I did mine during my engine rebuild. Be sure to cover the block as you dont want shavings to fall in.