thanks for the info
I actually have the metal valve cover gasket, so will reuse as suggested. I think I will reassemble the cylinder and head before I make a decision on the timing chain. If timing marks line up and no stretching is evident, I'll just go ahead and use. The engine was in a bucket so I had no way to determine that before. Everything inside looks amazing! clean and shiny gears, no pitting, no scoring, etc. I'd say either low mileage or reasonable oil changes saved it. Why did the front timing chain guide break off 1 inch from the bottom? that is my only question at this time... I have ordered a new one. Anyone have ideas or seen that happen before?