Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Stouchsburg, PA
Of there is a ridge you can feel with your fingernail get rid of it with a ridge reamer before you push the pistons out if you plan on reusing them.
I've not done a AMC V8 but it seems the oil pump clearance is important. Find JeepHammers write up on it. There are plenty here to guide you In a V8 build. Look at Matt's it's got everything.
Replace the CAM bearings. You'd be surprised at how much pressure is lost through them worn bearings when you put new ones on the crank and rods.