As some may recall, about a year ago, I was in the process of installing a professionally rebuilt head in the 71 XJ6. Towards the end of the process, I may have made a mistake that resulted in bending the valves on the rebuilt head.
The head had been tightened down in place and I was in the process of reattaching the chains on the two sprockets that are in front of the camshaft. I was working on the right side sprocket first. I had installed one of the two bolts that hold the parts of the sprocket together. I was, however, unable to install the second bolt as the parts would not line up. I was hopeful that if I rotated the head, the holes would like up with that hole. When I told the list of what I had done, I was advised that most likely had bent the valves. Short of removing to head to inspect the valves, is there any way to determine what if any damage I may have done?
Frankly, I was so demoralized at what I had apparently done, that I could not think about it until now. It’s time now to at least determine where I am in this process.
I guess the first question is, short of removing the head, is there a way to determine if any of the pistons are bent?