oh yeah that would work too. it also looks like you could hold the slinger with a pair of long reach needle nose pliers while positioning the front cover. all my parts are on their way now so i should be able to drop them off at the machine shop this coming week. hopefully it doesn't take them too long. no hurry i guess; we're flying down to Disneyland next weekend anyway. i'll wave when we pass San Juan CapistranoYes, that's the proper technique. Those gears just have a few teeth, so there's only a few (logical) ways to assemble the oil pump & crankshaft gears.
When I wrote "the fun part of this operation is aligning the oil pump-crankshaft gears", I meant "fun" to literally mean "fun", not "difficult".
In thinking about this some more, I realized that the "gluing with grease" technique is what I used to do back when I only had a rear-mount engine stand. Now that I have a side-mount adapter for my stand, I simply tilt the engine nose-down, and gravity holds the slinger in place as I raise the front cover + oil pump up to the block.