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Old 03-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi gang,
After the winter storage my weekend project will be new umbrella valve stem seals. I have the original pedestal non adjustable valves. I'll have all plugs removed and air keeping the valves closed. I need a little help determining after I do the #1 cyl TDC to do both intake and exhaust seals do I simply reassemble and retorque my pedestal bolts 18 - 22 ft. lbs?

The next cylinder would be #3, so would this be a minimal crank rotation and watch the rotor button point to that distrubuter location #3 so both valves are then closed to prep this cylinder, repeat and work my way around the firing order?

I appreciate any help!!

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When using compressed air to hold the valves closed I would just run up one side and down the other. Just keep your hands out of the way of the fan and belts when connecting the air supply.
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So, will replacing both valve seals per cylinder and a one time torque of the rocker bolt do it? Thanks
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So, will replacing both valve seals per cylinder and a one time torque of the rocker bolt do it? Thanks
After replacing the seal and reinstalling the valve spring retainer and keepers, give the whole assembly a medium smack with a plastic hammer to ensure everything gets seated properly, then reinstall your rocker arm per specs.
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amd make sure you have the push rods seated in the lifter as in the C heads some of the holes are blind

its a real PIA trying do to it with the heads installed.

after careful consideration and my back issues I gave up on it last year.

an easy way to find TDC is to rotate the dizzy until the rotor points to the terminal. then both valves will closed.

then you can work off the dizzy rotation 13576548 IIRC. the firing order will be listed in the intake

also you may want to consider intalling new VT bolts as the orginals will tend to be brittle when you go to retorque them they may snap. ive broke a few backin the day.
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Thanks for the tips, hopefully the local NAPA has the correct rocker bolts? I also purchased an extra set of pushrods in case any are bent.
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Thanks for the tips, hopefully the local NAPA has the correct rocker bolts? I also purchased an extra set of pushrods in case any are bent.
To me that's two bunches of parts that you don't need to buy. Unless you find a problem while the engine is apart.
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Job complete! Not too bad, using air to keep the valves up did the trick. Another tip, realign and compress your valve spring even more after you remove it. It will give you better clearance to install the keepers. I ended up doing both valves per cylinder by rotating the crank around the rotor button firing order. Torqued to 20 ft lbs. I kept 4 plugs in at a time to keep the engine from turning when applying air, it made rotating by hand still pretty easy. Rechecked timing and took it for a spin, better throttle response and no more oil fouled plugs! Thanks for everyones help!!


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