Thanks for all the advice guys.
Last night I was trying to figure something out, and it hit me why I was getting different measurements on the two sides: Piston rock. The pistons were fit fairly tightly (by the machine shop), .0025"-.003" but they still have a little rock. Now that I realized this I measured the deck clearance parallel to the wrist pin and the pistons sit between .008" and .012" below the deck, too much from what I understand.
So here is my tentative plan:
I have the 4 corner pistons installed (1, 4, 5 and 8). I was going to haul it back to the machine shop and tell him I want it decked to as close to 0.000" deck clearance clearance as possible. Does this sound like a plan?
Oh, and I have Fel Pro .039" head gaskets, is 0" deck fine with these?
Thanks again for all the help!
'94 Laser red 'vert. Still a 5-oh... for now