Thanks for the prompt replies..
So in essence the shop manual wants the head and intake off together, then taken apart once off for machine shop purposes? I'd rather go from 1-3 rather than 1-2-3, if at all possible.
One other question please... is their a trick to pulling off the fan clutch pulley after removing the fan clutch? I removed the 4 bolts on its face and thought it would jimmy off after that, but no luck. Need to remove it to reseal the timing chain cover as euro 287 suggested.