I'm attaching the factory assembly manual just so you have it. It's not particularly specific, but it may be helpful. I'm also attaching the manual for the piston/rod assembly.
I will admit though. I'm a newb at this engine stuff but I understand the rebuild stuff for the most part. I would love to purchase some new piston heads for this engine, some decent ones atleast. I have no idea what to get though.. any comments/suggestions??
I'm not sure what you're talking about when you say piston heads. Are your referring to the pistons or the cylinder heads? Either way, there's not really anything out there that would be an "upgrade". As for the pistons, if the cylinders are out of spec, the cylinders should be bored and new over-sized pistons should be installed. Even if the cylinders are in spec, they should be honed. The new rings won't seat properly if they aren't. As for the heads, the valves, valve seats and valve guides should be thoroughly measured and inspected. The mating surface should also be checked for flatness and the entire head should be checked for cracks. If anything is out of spec they should be rebuilt or replaced with remanufactured heads.
Also, just want to be sure. Is this ring pattern universal? Top ring = compression middle = compression. bottom = oil set up ring? Or can this pattern be switched at all?? I'm not going to do it, just really don't want to mix it up on accident.
The grove in the piston for the oil control rings is much wider than the grooves for the compression rings. The rings are also easy to differentiate. The oil control rings are thinner than the compression rings. The spacer that goes between the oil control rings is obviously pretty easy to differentiate.
As for your previous questions about the rod bolt torque specs, the factory manual only states that they should be torqued to 26 ft.lb. in pairs. In my experience, the best course of action is to get there in two or three steps. For example, I'd starting by torquing both bolts to 15 ft.lb. Then torque them to 20 ft.lb. and finally torque them to 26 ft.lb.