"I'm quite certain my car is in the best of hands... "
Yes indeed, no worries, it has been a fantastic training aid for my lotboys in how to remove an intake manifold. Would you believe one of them had a ball peen hammer? I thought they knew that was only for the exhaust manifolds, jeez. So , anyhow, I digress, your ring and pinion is back in and there was only 1 shim leftover.