Cam followers fitted, be sure to lube them up well!
I then fitted the exhaust cam first, now there tends to be a bit of confusion as to how is best to do this, I was told reliably when I rebuilt the head that's on the car at the minute to fit the exhaust cam first as near to the pin as you can then fit the inlet cam the same....
Then rotate the exhaust cam til the pin lines up and pin it, this should only be maybe an eighth of a turn, I forgot to photograph this as I was concentrating. Then the same with the inlet, you can at this point see if the valves are going to be open or closed and if they're likely to clash (they shouldn't clash this way but it's nice to check!!)
Before pinning up I fitted the new camshaft oil seals and the back of the belt cover. Then fitted the pulleys and pinned up the cams as previously mentioned and I ended up here...
This is how the engine now sits. In the next day or two I'll be fitting the belt, timing up the cams then fitting as many ancillaries as I can. Things should progress quickly now as I've been talked into fitting the lump and if nothing goes wrong (fingers crossed) running it in ready for my trackday at Oulton in November!
The only issue I have with all that is the running in process, there are generally two trains of thought with that which are as follows.... Run the cams in to the followers as in the instructions then run the engine in gently up to 1000 miles with regular oil changes..... Or the more modern and albeit contraversial (sp) way being run the cams in and if no problems run the engine hard to ensure good bedding of the rings, plus this way prevents glazing of the bores. I'm a bit torn to be honest, in my job we tend to get the engines on full load as soon as possible to bed the rings in which to me is quite important.... Opinions welcome! Obviously either way the oil changes will be regular to clear any crap out of the engine for obvious reasons!
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