Last Wednesday, I put the header and heat shields back on.
Everything was going well until I dropped another bolt down into the unknown, and it never hit the floor. This time it was the bolt for the heat shield that is closest to the firewall, the one that you only need to loosen because the heat shield hooks onto it. Of course I threaded it out too far and dropped it. It was not in the same heat shield from my earlier dropped bolt, and after about 15 minutes of probing around with a magnet tool I found it in between one of the joining plates and piping where two header pipes merge. Aha!
The next night I cleaned the inside of the runners and fuel injector bosses? on my intake in preparation to bolt it to the head.
Then after my childrens were off to bed I had my wife run the fuel line and a couple of hoses in between the intake runners while I held the manifold up. Then I set the manifold down on the two studs and went to grab the nuts, when I realized, hey wait a minute, WTF? The studs were on the bottom row of bolt holes on the head instead of the top where they belong. All the pictures I posted and no one (including me) noticed! The machine shop got me again, dammit. Then out of anger I grabbed a pair of vice grips and like a fool removed the studs. Yes, I do know how to use two nuts (one as a jam nut) to remove studs and put them in, but I totally spaced that trick because I was thinking about the machine shop having my head for over two months and they re-installed those studs in the wrong location and they milled .006 off my head....
Ok, I wasn't really that pissed, I think I was just upset with myself for being so hasty, and screwing up some of the threads on those studs, and that I could not proceed anymore in my re-assembly for that night. At least I didn't damage the flange/mating area of my head. I took the studs into work the next day and ran a die over them and a thread saver file thingy and called it good. I would have bought two new studs from my local Honda dealership in Yreka, if they had stocked them, but of course they didn't. So, unlike the header nuts that they also didn't stock, I wasn't going to drive to Medford to get some new studs.