I should mention that the exhaust valve was ground down some so I expected to have to adjust the clearance a little but there was no gap at all and it was probably up another 0.01+ inch
I love pieces of advice like this! Upon removing my valve plungers, I noticed the same issue as the OP (the "rocker" that sits on the cam shaft that drives the valve up has "wear" from the middle to one side). I would have just reassembled it in the same fashion that it was removed had gravely_n_fla not shared this tidbit of information. Thanks gravely_n_fla!!!... The rocker (valve lifter) can be turned around 180 degrees so it wears on the other side for 50 years...