Thank you. yes I'll be lapping the valves for sure. seems like the sensible thing to do as it has to come apart anyway as I'm getting new valve springs to go with the cam. I definitely drive it like a grandma! hahaha, it's a cruising vehicle for me, with the odd wheel spinning coming off traffic lights. most of the time I do 50mph or even less. highway cruising is usually at 55 / 60 I was on the phone with TA yesterday, couldn't really wait any longer, damn.. not sure who the girl I spoke with was but her voice.... wow! what a sexy voice. anway, very helpful people there. They say they will try their best to get the box of parts to Oklahoma before the 15th of December, they still have to box it all, get a shipping price, then get in touch with me for the money wire transfer (just the money side will take about 4 working days)... but should get there before container leaves. fingers crossed. I have ordered new piston rings for standard size as the boring and oversized pistons are out of question due to cost. However, I will try and make it work the best I can considering cost constraints. Would this thinking be ok? I know it's not the perfect ideal way...but will be the best considering costs: I understand the bores can wear in a different way and the piston rings in there are "shaped" to the bores. I was thinking of measuring the bores (top/centre/bottom) and if massively out of spec (shape) then I'll leave the existing rings in there. maybe do a hone anyway? what do you think? But if the shape of bores are within tolerances then I will do a hone and fit new rings. ( not sure what the tolerances are or what it should measure... I really need to get a manual!) How does that sound? As I understand that if they are out of shape and I fit the new rings, then it's likely to cause more problems (then leaving the existing ones there) and smoke... I know, not ideal, if out of spec then for a proper job it should have a rebore, new oversized pistons and new rings. but cost on that would be crazy expensive. thanks!