I picked up the glass I had specially cut today. I ended up propping the glass by chopping up a wooden dowel, wrapping the bottom of the pieces with electrical tape so they fit snugly into the spark plug holes, and spray painting the pieces with metallic paint. Everything is very stable.
Here is the metamorphosis:
2. You, the visitors to this blog, voted for the red valve covers.
3. Lenny tirelessly cleaned the engine.
4. The engine arrived.
5. I spent a fruitless weekend trying to find a cheap glass top.
6. I'm done. (See above.)