As it stands right now the plan is to just go ahead and wait on the b8 head because of all the trouble with the airflow, I've been whining about it for month since I did the mpfi swap and I don't want to continue whining about it in the future,
Okay, it definately says it's in stock, I guess the guy just didn't know what he was talking about...I'll call later I spose, or something, No valve playing today.
Just do it the ghetto way, take like a 17mm deep well socket and place it on the retainer, tap with a deadblow (or something like it), this should compression the spring quickly and eject the keepers. You will need a valve spring compressor to put it back together, but that will at least get you to be able to have 2/3's of the job done.
Progress on the b8 head (d15b7 all apart thanks to bunger's help):
The head pre-doing stuff:
The head and the donor stuff:
Rocker arm assembly out:
Take the plastic off to release the cam:
The spring and junk off the chipped valve:
Where'd the valve go?
Oh, there it is:
New vs Old:
New just resting in place there:
Now to buy me some valve spring compressors and get it reassembled!