Yes sir, looking good Toast.
Thank you kind sir.
Looks great. I ended up putting the pistons in mine this weekend also. I like your strategic placement of rags to catch stray clips from going into the case. I dropped one and had a heart attack for a few minutes but luckily found it with a magnet. Looking forward to seeing your post on the valves and heads since I'll be tackling that after I get my head back from blasting.
Haha yea I tried to close up any openings, trying to fish out a circlip from the engine would have suckedd.
Here are the pics from the last half of the valve job.
This exhaust valve was the worst, the rest were pretty clean with just some normal carbon.
A quick touchup with the wire wheel fixed them up. Even though these are hardened steel I wouldn't use a really coarse wire wheel on them, the bench grinder I have has a pretty soft wire on it.
The nasty looking valve seats
Add lapping compound to the valve seating area and the seats on the heads, apply some pressure and twirl like you're starting a fire. Lift and rotate the valve every 4-5 spins (?) to make sure the compound is evenly distributed.
Lapped valve (I did this one again later) and valve seat
I cleaned out the exhaust port some while I was at it
There is a really sharp and rough casting mark that could be smoothed out, I'm not sure if I should though. I've been reading a bunch of porting threads and the general consensus is to just leave the ports alone unless you know what you're doing.