The saga continues. I installed the front bearing on the correct end of the crankshaft and threaded it into the engine case. Following the procedure listed on the myUral website, I picked up the four bolts suggested on the site to line up the rear bearing retainer. They were the wrong size as in wrong thread pitch and wrong length. Back to the hardware store for the correct size. With the front bearing seated in its retainer and the rear bearing retainer seated on the engine case all looks pretty good. But the external snap ring needs the bearing a fraction of a millimeter further for it to seat.
This is the installed rear bearing retainer and it has a thin paper gasket between it and the engine case. The manual said to use a lacquer gasket sealer something I hadn't seen in years. The local Napa store had it on the shelf as aviation engine sealer. A non-hardening sealer that looked exactly like what I've been scraping off of the engine parts. I thought it interesting that there is an odd number of bolts. I still need to remove the bolts and put on some blue thread sealant on them.
The front main bearing in its bearing carrier. It looks like it survived the installation. This is the bearing from Napa. The small tube on the left hand side of the bearing retainer provides oil flow to the timing gear. The lower gear turns clockwise so it carries oil up to the upper timing gear and eventually to the alternator gear.
Jed is stopping by the morning. We'll see how far we get. And with all the running around, the Beemer is getting quite a bit of use.