Insert Joke Here!
Head is on! It also has loose centering tolerance around the two little sheet metal tubes. Again, surprising! Dowels were expected.
The head bolts are new, and are of the "torque to yield" variety -- there's a very specific, and different, way of doing this SPI. Read and follow the FSM carefully!
New timing belt is on, although I put the cam sprocket on backwards at first -- the large, cast-in nut on the sprocket's hub goes outward. I like how easy it was to sync the crank and cam on this engine; much easier than a couple of Toyotas I've done in recent years.
Even with the new spark plugs in, and the car in gear, I still couldn't torque the crank bolt properly so had to resort to the HD air gun.
Exhaust manifold hung in place, but not tightened yet.
Making good progress on cleaning the IMRC assembly. Parts drying overnight. Used almost a full can of carb cleaner though, and two old toothbrushes. Hint: if you aren't saving some of your old toothbrushes, you should be! Very handy in the garage for work like this.
I have to work on a different project tomorrow morning, so won't get the engine done. Hopefully this weekend though. Warm weather predicted again for this Saturday; expecting a smoky start-up, so I'll push the car outside for that.
Fixed Up a white 2001 P-code SE Sedan
including rebuilding the SPI (see my threads)