Snuggles, you guys need to make sure you do this right. If need be, hold off until you can get someone with more experience in there to help you. If you think you can finish up in good shape, that'* fine, but I'm seeing a string of posts that makes me nervous about you guys' experience level trying to get this motor back together. I'm not trying to dog you, but I don't want to see irreparable damage done to your motor. You'll be REALLY frustrated if the motor gets trashed due to an oversight.
These cam swaps are targeted toward people who have experience doing internal work on engines, and some information is excluded in the instructions that is assumed to be common knowledge for engine builders. I'm not going to lie to you... neglecting to pull off the valve covers and disassemble the valvetrain is a pretty major mistake, though no damage is done. If you or your buddy are not familiar with standard rebuilding techniques on a pushrod motor, you may want to put the brakes on this project until you can find another person to walk you guys through the process. Borrow a car in the meantime if you have to. You just need to realize the ramifications of your decisions as you progress, and know that the next mistake or "we didn't know..." could be the one that kills your motor.
Again, I'm not trying to insult you... I just want to see you make smart choices about your experience level.
1997 SE w/SLE package
"White curse? I think it'* more like.... WHITE FURY!" - MyLittleBlackBird