well it took the whole weekend and quite a lot of patience, but the ported heads are now installed!
one head is on.. if i had a 4 cylinder i'd have been done by now!
putting on the Larry Perkins (tm) head gaskets
220,000km and still has the hone marks
andrew installs the ported lower manifold.
now the problems!
-fan wouldnt come off. ended up taking the radiator out so i could get the shroud off. still wouldnt budge though, i managed to complete the job with it being there.
-power steering pulley wouldnt come off. not even a rattle gun would shift it. I managed to get the whole bracket off despite bolts being behind the pulley.
-had serious rocker cover gasket leaks. ended up removing chrome rocker covers and putting stock units back on until i can get some new cork gaskets (stock units have a rubber that seals rather than a gasket).
apart from that everything went relativly smoothly.
my dad, John, for interupting his retirement to help
Andrew, who was a great help on saturday re-assembling it all
Grant (EDXR8) for the heads and head gaskets
and finally Shane(MrLandau) for the manifold