Point taken regarding removing everything from the head (making it lighter) while it is still attached to the block. It just means leaning over the engine bay for longer rather than standing upright at a bench to dismantle the head.
At reassembly time, what is your opinion, and the opinion of others, as to when the camshaft should be torqued down, before or after the head bolts are torqued? On the advice of my father-in-law (ex tech.), I torqued the cam down after the head bolts. He argued that if the cam is torqued down first it may become stressed by any slight movement when the head is torqued down. Any opinions? Does it really matter? Three years on our 300TE is still perfect since I did the head on it. We have just returned from a 2,600km holiday in it where it used no oil and returned 10.5 litres per 100km (27 miles per imperial gallon, don't know what that is in M.P.US.G) loaded with family and luggage.
107.023: 350SLC, 3-speed auto, icon gold, parchment MBtex (sold 2012 after 29 years ownership).
107.026: 500SLC, 4-speed auto, thistle green, green velour.
124.090: 300TE, 4-speed auto, arctic white, cream-beige MBtex.
201.028: 190E 2.3 Sportline, 5-speed manual, arctic white, blue leather.
201.028: 190E 2.3, 4-speed auto, blue-black, grey MBtex.
201.034: 190E 2.3-16, 5-speed manual, blue-black, black leather.