The 1.6 long nose is almost completely stripped. I didn’t have a 12pt 12mm 1/2″ drive, all my 1/2″ are 6 pt soes I don’t round off any more heads than absolutely necessary. The 3/8″s weren’t going to cut it and I don’t like to use the impact on head bolts unless I have to. Like I had to remove the heads on the last two circle track engines I built. I did have one of the rear timing belt cover bolts snap off as well as one of the top bolts on the thermostat housing.
The block is so dirty I may have it tanked anyway. Or even do a full rebuild. It’s tough to know when to draw the line with a creep in scope and I’ve been following the “well I’m already in there” or the “it’s already off the car” mantra this far. The head looks like it’s in good shape though I’ll likely do at least the HLAs. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting the head cut to SM specs, I’ve got a shop that is capable and willing to cut it my specs but then there is everything else involved in replacing valves, springs, etc. Might make more sense to get something already built and use this as a core.
Trans didn’t clean up as well as I had hoped. More elbow grease and it should be good to go. And perhaps a clutch “while I’m already in there”. The clutch does look pretty good for a street car but sooner rather than later it’s going to need a race clutch. The drawback with that is taking out other things in the drive train that aren’t quite race ready like a worn rear end or a gear in the trans.