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Hell_Fish
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posted 09-01-2002 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well after I cleaned out my push rod today I started to set the rockers in place and adjust them(kinda) I thightend them down till the rocker had no play(I was very careful doing this) then would bump the starter to turn the engine just a tad and check the rocker and tighten any loose ones. I did this about 5 times. Is this correct? One rocker nut bottomed out on the stud and still had some play. Please help a poor kid.
Thanks.

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Dustin C
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RADRIDE
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posted 09-01-2002 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RADRIDE   Click Here to Email RADRIDE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Solid or hyd.lifters,Im taking it for granted its a small blk.

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dhearn
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posted 09-01-2002 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I remember right you just installed 69 351w heads on a 302, first I have a couple of questions.
1. did you install new studs and guide plates?
2. are you using the 351w rockers?

if you are using the original studs and rockers they are NON ADJUSTABLE that means that you adjust the valves with the length of the push rods.

if you used new studs and guide plates then you will now have an adjustable valve train. if this is the case you should turn the engine over until you bring each lifter to the base circle of the cam lobe ( this means each valve should be completely closed) then adjust the rocker arm untill there is no play then tighten the rocker arm nut apx. 1/2 to 3/4 turn.

I hope this helps.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 09-01-2002 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The instruction for valve adjustments are on this page:

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/351Wlifterchange.html

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Hell_Fish
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posted 09-01-2002 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its a 302. Hydrolic(sp?) lifters and original 302 rocker, rods. Its a non adjustale set-up.

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Dustin C
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bifs66
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posted 09-01-2002 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bifs66   Click Here to Email bifs66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were two lengths of pushrods used in the 289/302 engines. Pushrods for 69 302s were .10" longer than the previous years 289/302s. Something about hardened valve stem caps that necessitated a longer pushrod. Not sure this is a factor in your case, but back in the early 70s, Ford recommended using the longer 302 push rod when putting 351 heads on a 289/302.

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Hell_Fish
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posted 09-02-2002 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 302 came with the longer rods. I whet and bought some new one and matched them to the one that were in it. Sure enough, the new ones were shorter.

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Dustin C
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