Congrats. for that major DIY job.
I just had the very same job done last week (valves, camshaft, lifters, etc) by a pro. (i.e not dealer). You saved yourself quite a bit of money but my knuckles are certainly less painfull than yours.
My car now drives like a much younger one and it seem I found some 25 to 35 HP. You don't realize the slow/gradual deterioration in power and smoothness over the years.
I also replaced dist. cap, rotor, spark plug wires (spark plugs too), had the injectors cleaned, etc etc. Big bill but big improvement.