Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Only suggestion about the tensioners, if you have done it yourself and it worked- fine. I won't forget the sight of an exploded tensioner that I saw though which had had another bearing pressed into it, the plastic can become brittle with age and this particular one shattered when the engine had plenty of revs happening.
One new head, gaskets, valves, 2 pistons and conrods later the engine ran fine. The last couple of tensioners only cost me about $30 each from memory and if you are selling your time to a retail customer and you spend half an hour pressing each bearing into the tensioner it works out cheaper to replace them- plus the peace of mind factor.
Obviously it is different if it is your own car, but for the sake of the fiddling around finding the correct bearings and another $40 extra- I know which way my money will go every time!