I know what you mean about the valves. they need a short sharp tap to loosen the collets then you can get the valve spring compressor to do its job. I cant see anything far wrong with your engine. was it all running well before you stripped it?
Mine took more than a short sharp tap. I found that even with a socket on valve spring cap and a good tap with a hammer it would just open the valve instead of freeing the collets up, so in the end i had to rest the valve face on a piece of wood to stop the valve opening.
the engine ran really really well before i took it apart. I had a high flow air filter with all the restrictions in the intake removed and a cold air feed (this engine was in a 92 skoda favorit) and it used to go really well (obviously not fast, but it was good!)
nah, the bearings are farked, and has caused the blades to actually contact the compressor housing!
A couple more photos, here is why its a little lop-sided - I had to cut down the bump stops to make it all work, but the high side looks like the bump stop is still hitting the wishbone causing it to be lopsided!
a few more pritty pictures!
And the wheel arch gap is much better at the front now (back still needs a little work)
especially when you look at the first pics on the first page!