Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: ELIMINATOR dealer Somis, CA
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Dave, there is no need to pull the engine or flip it, providing you have enough room to pull the cam (remove radiator, etc.). Remove rockers, pushrods, intake, valley pan, front cover and distributor. Use magnet to pull lifters all the way up, secure them with 16 spring type clothes pins. Remove timing set, thrust plate and cam. Now the fun begins. Find a mailing tube or PVC pipe that will fit through the cam bearings...as large in diameter as possible and a few inches longer than the cam. Cut tube in half LENGTHWISE and insert in cam bores to catch lifters as you remove clothes pins one by one. Fish lifters from tube with magnet. LEAVE THE TUBE IN. Using a 2 or 3 finger parts grabber install lifters with the aid of magnet, start at rear of engine and work forward, securing each with clothes pin as you go. It's a pain but I've done it twice, "back when". Worst case...you drop a lifter inside and have to pull the pan. At this point, all that's left is to re-install everything. It's time consuming and awkward but may be preferable to pulling the crank.
NOTES: If you must drop the crank, there are Viton rear seals available. The timing marks go to the side, chain should have 2 marked links which straddle the marks. HAVE FUN. :roll:
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