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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 13th, 05, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Question Installing new lifters

Got this edelbrock cam and lifter kit for a 350 small block.

A friend of mine told me to make sure that the lifters are pumped up with oil before I install them in the engine. So I tried to pump them up by placing them in a can filled half-way with oil and using one of the push rods, started to pump on the lifter, trying to get oil inside it.

This didn't work.

I then took each one apart, filled them with oil, and then put them back together.

Now the lifters still have that soft feeling after filling them with the oil.

I'm guessing that the lifters will fill up the rest of the way when there is actual oil pressure on the sides of the lifters when the engine runs.

Now, I'm wondering how to adjust the valves correctly?

Any takers???
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Re: Installing new lifters

Coat each lifter and lobe with assy lube provided by Edelbrock. Install all into engine. Install pushrods and rocker arms with nuts.

Turn camshft over to place lifters onto the base of the lobe. Tighten the lash nut till pushrod cannot turn by hand, add 1/2 turn tightening lash nut. move the the other 15 valve rocker arms.

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Re: Installing new lifters

69,
What does your friend do for a living ? Most lifter manufacturers do not recommend "pumping up" the lifters. The Johnson lifter boxes actually tell you on the box not to do it. The reason is that the lifters could hold a valve open when you start the engine and allow it to hit a piston.
That being said, I have never seen it happen so don't worry yourself about it. Just do what Everett said and you will be fine.

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Re: Installing new lifters

Thanks guys!!!!

I appreciate it!!!

Now I guess I have to take all the lifters out again!!!!!

My bad......I should have asked first....
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Re: Installing new lifters

You could prime the engine and see if the oil comes out of the lifter if the manifold is not installed.

This would also show you oil to the rocker arms and it might pump up the lifter. Turn the engine over by hand several times while priming.

Use an oil primer with the added bushing to block the pass oil galley, otherwise, you'll pump oil back into the crankcase, such as a Tavia primer.
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