PEVA: Thanks for you continued input, really appreciate it. I've got the oil primer hose set up and I'm gonna let it go all night. I can see the oil slowly creeping down the clear tube, works like a champ. Nice Tip!
"I remember that when I rotated the engine by hand that the tenensioner arm banged back and forth loudly as the cams overcentered - but that may have been before I released the tensioner - can't remember now."
That's exactly what's happening. Tensioner is definitely released, and it pops back and forth, didn't think about the pressure from the cams, I'm sure that's it. Thanks for mentioning that, I feel better now. I am 100% sure the timing marks and chain are lined up correctly, that noise sort of made me nervous.
ZEROCOOL: No question I have a tendenacy to over think things, that how I roll!
This is my mom and dad's car so I try to stay a little head of the curve on service requirements. I don't have alot of time to tinker on the car so when I bring it over to my house I try to go thru it as best as I can. Although there were no known problems execpt a slight radiator leak (turned out to be a loose nut on the trans cooler return line in the radiator) and cracking belts, I'm glad I dug in a little deeper after reading many of the post on this web site. The water pump did start to show signs of bearing wear and the impeller had started to make contact with the block. I think I caught it just in time. The oil pump on the other hand...well I was there there so I figured what the heck!
I got most everything back together today, all that's left is the lower (driver side) radiator hose, and to be honest I just didn't fell like screwing around with it today. Looks like it will be a PITA to get off, but I'll deal with that tomorrow. One more run to the auto parts store for oil and anti-freeze should do it.
I only have a few pics from the cell phone, not very good but if you look carefully you can see the smaller pitch gears.
Should be running in a couple of days...