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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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ok i built a 327 about 2 weeks ago and have been driving it i decided to re-adjust the rockers today i did the driver side of the engine with no problems and then i took the passenger side valve cover off and cranked the car one rocker was shooting oil a mile high so i tightend it down some and it didnt help at all does anyone have any idea what this could be. thanks
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 07:29 AM
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Oil is supposed to come up through the pushrod and spray like that. I don't know about a full 5,280 feet, but it's certainly designed to make a mess with the valve cover off.

Basically, the pushrod is hollow to provide an oil passage up to the rocker arm and valve springs.

I guess the better question is why you didn't see any oil spraying when you did the driver's side.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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oil was spraying on the drivers side but it wasnt soakin the side of the car and the engine compartment
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 05:35 PM
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Oil shooting all over the place is good. buy ya a set of clip on oil defelectors, not blockers, and enjoy setting your rockers with very little mess.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 02, 03:18 AM
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Could the pushrod/rocker that's shooting oil a mile like that just be tightened down a lot more than the others? If just one or two are really shooting oil like a squirt gun, would that be the lifter getting pumped up more than properly or loosely adjusted rockers?
I'm just wondering how that could happen because I've never seen them squirt like that. I always start with all the rockers loose then adjust from scratch. Would backing off the rockers that are shooting oil a mile and re-adjusting them stop it? Or is there something I'm not thinking of?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 02, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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i loosened both of them up and readjusted them it doesnt make any difference and i even changed the push rods thinking 2 of them might be bent or something and the lifters and the cam are not even 2 weeks old.has anyone ever had any problems with crane lifters
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 02, 10:45 AM
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They're SUPPOSED to pump oil. Don't fix what isn't broke.Don't rev the car when adjusting the rockers, do it at idle.Did you put an HV/HP oil pump in that motor when you rebuilt it? Don't over tighten the rockers trying to stop the oil flow. It is O.K. As mentioned, just buy a set of oil deflector cilps and stop worrying.Take the clips off when you're done.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 02, 11:12 AM
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i have used a piece of cardboard in the past to stop the oil from running all over the place when adjusting the valves, but i got sick of that. i cut a pair of valve covers in half and bent the top edge up to make a custom fit oil deflector for a small block- and they work great. i just put both of the "half a valve covers" on, and start the thing up and adjust the rockers till they stop clattering. then i shut it off and turn them all down 1/2 turn more. every now and then, there is a one or two rockers that spit more oil than the rest, but i believe that to be normal.

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