^^ Thanks guys. I'm using the studs. I'd never heard of them till mentioned on here but it seems to win both ways - a more predictable torque application across the head ( not subject to the vagaries of different bolts stretching more or less than others) and just plain easier to fit.
Been away, and trying to work around a little injury which affects mobility, so there's not a great deal to report but yesterday I cleaned off the block faces (p800 wet 'n dry) for the head and front cover gaskets, as well as the gasket faces on the inlet manifold. Happy with all of that. Expecting to get the heads back next week. Might go out and clean up / prep the sump today and clean out all the bolts that I'll be re-using. Exciting, eh!
Couple of quick questions though - camshaft timing and running in related.
The new cam has some complicated instructions relating to timing - using dials etc etc. A lot more complicated than what Richard has said above about lining the timing gears up and slotting them on. ( Not doubting it! - just checking my understanding). As far as I can see, once the chain gear is one the cam, there isn't really any further adjustment possible - it's a tight enough fit - maybe half a degree either way.
Do I really just ditch those instructions on the basis that they are for other engines where such adjustments of angle are needed?
Secondly - it says it's really important to run the engine at ca. 2500 revs for the first 20 mins or so. That's really counterintuitive ( and frankly scary ) after such a big rebuild. I haven't looked at all yet into filling/priming the cooling system, or the oil pump, but the idea of just turning the key and revving up straight away worries me a bit. I'd hope not, but there could be all sorts of leaks or issues, or at very least it makes sense to anticipate them. Hard to do when you're sitting in the driver's seat with your foot on the pedal!
I will be using an assembly grease on anything that looks like it might benefit from it - cam, followers, pushrods, rocker pads, timing chain etc.
Any thoughts or experience on this?