Yes the order was placed with my Prime Membership as soon as read the reply. I wanted a new set of feeler gauges as mine are old as the hills. Also everyone says about space and while I watched the JVB DVD I did not take notice. So I splurged and bought a tapered set. Also my micrometer was way old and while i do baby it and store it as a sacred thing I bought a digital one for like 20 bucks. I just want to take no chances.
So the JVB Video, a set of feeler gauges, a micrometer and a box of 65 shims, I am in a bit over a hundred bucks in my preparing for my valve check. I can live with that. Well I did buy a coil puller a while back but would need that for plug change anyway.
So in a month or less I will do my 12K valve check and change my plugs over to iridium. Always a pleasure to be prepared and do ones own service work.
I wish someone with those 300 dollar plus cam timing tools lived close I would love to know but too rich for my blood right now to buy them myself. They have gone up in price since they were originally discussed.
Since I do not know anyone I guess I am stuck with my wooden dowel and a piece of electrical tape around it at TDC
You missed my edited post!
Take a look, because I had quoted the link to the thread that was in the other forum.
Heck, my micrometer, that I am still using, was older than the hills!
I was a "certified" toolmaker before I had gotten my first engineering degree, and I still have some of the instruments that I had used back then. This particular 0 - 1" mike was given to me by another toolmaker, back when I was poor and couldn't afford much. The darn thing was in a flood, or something like tha, and it was rusted solid. I took it, and used an ultra-sonic cleaner to free everything up, took it all apart to clean and lube before putting it all back again. The thing still measure true, because in the (relatively) recent years, it had been subjected to annual calibration by the QA department, until my retirement in '08! My feeler gauge set was from those days as well, and of course they were marked in inches, and so I am going to have to buy a new one in metric for the next time!
The wooden dowel method is the quickest was to find TDC! That is exactly what I did, and then reconfirm with the JVB method with a good straight-edge!