In Reply to: Thanks posted by James on March 03, 2002 at 13:10:12:
Pistons do not have to be at top dead center. I prefer to have the cam lobe at the exact opposite of the cam follower.
I pull the plugs and turn the engine with a tool on the water pump bolts. Always turn the engine in the running direction. (clockwise when the engine is facing you.)
You will find that the pliers are useless! I use compressed air to break loose the shims and a small tweasers to pick up the shim. I use a modified basketball inflator with the very end of the tip cut off, put this into the end of a blowgun. (remove the excess oil in the valley first) Always make sure the size lettering on the shim is toward the valve. If any of the shims have scratches don't reuse them. I measure all the valves first and then go back and reset the ones that are out of spec. I have a Excel spread sheet made up for this purpose that I would be happy to send to anyone, Please email your request.