I used two shims to set up my distributor and get that positioned. I installed it and cinched it down. I then aligned the bearings so that they were facing the right direction and double checked the left case half one more time. I then laid the crankshaft into the case and had to work a bit to get it to seat properly.
Then, I put the cam shaft in. I checked it for backlash and it was gravy.
Lubed up the right side lifters and #2 main bearing.
Ta-da! The case is together, torqued the nuts to the appropriate amount. Used a high tech case sealant so hopefully minimal oil leaks! I also installed the oil pump and cover, which you can only see half of in this picture. Cover/gears are missing in this pic.
While I was torquing, this stud had me perplexed. It was fully driven into the other side of the case, but I couldn't get the nut to seat firmly. You can see the threads don't go all the way down. After some research, I found out this stud is for a universal fit, and for some engines the intake manifold mounts here. In my case, I am not going to use that mount.
So I took a die and created threads all the way to the bottom of the stud in this picture and I will probably cut off the excess stud once I put the washer and nut on.
Next work day I hope to get the cylinders on, some of the accessories, and maybe the cylinder heads.