Well, the head is back from the shop and it looks fantastic. Turns nicely and all lined up.
Now we have turned a corner and start putting it back together.
What are the opinions on how much to put back on the block before dropping the engine back in the bay?
Obviously at the beginning I had removed the head first without removing the intake entirely. When it became apparent the engine needed to come out, I stripped it down almost completely before lifting.
Now… part of me wants to put as much of it back together while I have easy access, including putting the head on and much of the plumbing under the intake. Exhaust side I can wait on.
This creates some issues for lifting points (I have lift straps tho) and the potential to get a sequence of assembly wrong and not be able to access it.
If I lift it back in naked and reinstall intake and exhaust goodies from the bottom up - I think I can sequence better. But then I’m hunched over the bay for days.
What say you?