Not making much headway owing to family matters taking up much of my energy and time. At least it's given me time to save a few pennies to buy some odd n sods I need to make some improvements although finding the right suppliers has been a real challenge too.
Tools, you can never have enough of them it seems!
Particularly when there's no power outlets near the car so when Maplins reduced the price of their rechargeable dremel type rotary tool I snapped it up. It's proved to be very useful (although I had to return and swap it when the switch failed). I've used it to flute an old head bolt in readiness for chasing the block threads (thanks for that tip Jim 8) ) and cut off the heads of two other bolts to act as locators when refitting the head. I also plan to use it to remove the IP armour in-situ though I haven't decided the strategy yet - do I cut a hole in the armour or grind off the security boltheads?
Although not perfect, I've decided the valve clearances are good enough without having to source other shims so the head is now wrapped in protective material ready to go back on allowing me to turn my attention to the manifolds, which leave a lot to be desired IMO.
The EGR will blanked off as per John's (jgra) blog using sheet steel plates. Just as well, as it appears the valve wasn't seating fully allowing gases to pass at all times
I've also added a temperature probe as a tuning aid should I eventually get this engine back together.
The first items to refit will be the turbo and exhaust fittings but I want to modify them also and am currently awaiting delivery of parts.