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Having the cylinder head off you could take the opportunity to regrind the valves - in case there are any signs of pitting or spalling on their seats. Would be a shame to put it all together and find a burnt valve after another couple of thousand miles - although this will involve replacing the valve stem
seals. It also may reduce the liklihood of excessive
consumption and improve MPG. If you aint going to do the valves at least check their integrity by pouring paraffin or something similar down the ports and watching for leaks - this is how engine buliders test before assembly.
The most important aspect of assembly is ensuring cleanliness of all surfaces, ports and bolt holes.
If the new water pump is supplied with a gasket I suggest you use it.
I take it you have access to the tightening torque and sequence for the new head bolts.
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Last edited by madnoel10; 7th April 2008 at 02:16 PM.