Pistons in, big ends tightened up. All running smoothly :) after that came the cam and timing gear, my spangly alloy frontplate and the head studs:

Torquing them up to 85lb-ft using double-nutting is a bit of a mission on the arms. Who says you need the gym to get beefy biceps?

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Head gasket on...

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...and head torqued down.

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But hang on, can you spot the difference between these two pics? Hint: look at the studs.

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Son of a bitch. I only realised that there were washers to go under the nuts after I'd tightened them up once. Bugger.

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Ah well, just a little more work to do.

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After that, I couldn't help but pop the rocker cover on for a look at what it'll be like as a finished engine.

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Good God it's pretty :)