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Valve Adjustment Questions

I'm going to adjust my valves this weekend, it'll be my first time (1989 911 3.2). I'm following the process in the Bentley manual as I can't find my 101 Projects.

Questions -

1. Do I need any special tools other than the special valve feeler? I'm particularly wondering if I should go buy a special stubby screwdriver or wrench to work on the less accessible cylinders.

2. I had to run the motor for 3 minutes this morning, to turn the car around in the garage. I know the valves have to be adjusted cold. How many hours should I wait for the engine to be "cold enough"?

3. I'm also doing some other service stuff while I'm at it. Here is the current list of tasks for the weekend - please suggest any other routine maintenance tasks I should do while I am in there. Current plan: adjust valves, replace valve cover gaskets, replace and gap plugs, replace rotor, replace plug wires (Clewetts), change oil (Mobil 1 20W-50) and oil filter (Mahle), change air filter. Am I missing something?

The car has been driving somewhat poorly in the last few months - slight stumbling at low revs/open throttle, and seems down on power. I want to get it back on form, and to start getting ready for AX season. I also have to pass a smog check this month. It has been about 20K miles since the last valve adjustment and about 10K since the last oil/filter change.
1989 3.2 Carrera coupe
1988 Westy Vanagon, Zetec conversion
Really want to find a clean E28 . . .
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