Update..I did the front valve cover and it went real smooth...didn't have time to do the rear, I will try to do that this week or weekend. I could see how flattened out the old gasket (102,000 miles) was .
Like I said befor it seemed like the rear was leaking worse than the front...so I'm excited to see how it works when I get the back one done...
I am planning to pull the alternator, since I also need to pull the belt tensioner in order to change the coolant elbow into the LIM which seems to be the cause of a slight coolant leak.
One really stupid thing I did while doing the front was...not getting my magnetic parts dish out to put the cover bolts in...and one of them rolled and dropped in behind the driver'* side headlight..also a grommet popped out and fell down below the engine onto the shield... So I had a little extra disassembly and reassembly to get by hardware back...all because I didn't take the time to
"do it right/smart the first time" it all turned out okay...but it'* a lesson well learned...