Here are a few pics, I will call it quits for the day before long.
Done so far are the vehicle up and wheels off, oil drained, p/s valve cover done and working on d/s now.
Here she is jacked up
(yes I know I need a foglight)
Runners removed and about to take plenum off
p/s valve cover is off
I couldn't get a very good look down into the timing chain guides, but I was able to get this pic of the VANOS chain. The only visible wear was that very very small grayish looking area just to the left of the chain (I held the chain over that tiny bit to see if there was any wear and to take the pic). She looks great for 180k, I would hope the timing guides look the same.
New gasket is on with Wurth DP300 at the corners
and the front timing cover seams
Back together (the easy side anyway)