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nice.is there an issue with the pushrods?
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I agree on engine remove/install thing.

I had to remove two and install four in a week last month. (Moving my workshop).

My back may never recover. And I'm only 71.
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i use the method described in my f.s.m. using an overhead hoist.no back strain that way.
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nice.is there an issue with the pushrods?
There's some obvious wear on a couple of the ends...


I'm not sure if this is an issue or not, but after they fell out of the holes in my carefully marked piece of cardboard I had no idea which rod went where, and given they're cheap I thought I'd just grab some new ones. NOS so should be ok. No evidence of wear on other surfaces...

And yes it seems I did pop a rib. I'd landed heavily on my sternum on xmas morning surfing with my kids, and think lifting the engine caused something to let go. Can feel it this morning and something is clicking...
So hooked the engine up to my engine crane to lift onto the workbench. Work smarter not harder...


Nice working height now and I look fwd to searching the forum for advice on how to proceed...
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I agree on engine remove/install thing.

I had to remove two and install four in a week last month. (Moving my workshop).

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Wow, great effort.
Hope I'm half as able at that age...
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Wow, great effort.
Hope I'm half as able at that age...
I've always just done what I had to get done.

Science is just now discovering how important wright training is.

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o.k.i can see the wear you mention now.don't have any good recommendations for replacements at the moment.i can tell you i went with aftermarket that are 1/2'' o.d. rather than 7/16'' oem.i've seen pictures of rubbing interference with them in insaneshanes stroker motor.haven't checked mine lately.
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For performance engines the ChroMo push rods are the go. Yes, they are heavier. But they don't flex like the alloy ones.
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Made up a clutch compression tool out of some scrap steel square section, 1/4" threaded rod and a large bolt, with the nut welded into position on the other side of the steel, and some alloy spacers...


Fitted it with a large washer between the bolt and the clutch, and wound it in to compress the clutch springs, taking pressure of the 1/4" nylocs...


My scrap bar was only just wide enough as the 3 points aren't on a straight line...


And with nuts removed just unwound things and removed the clutch springs...


The tensioner pad is pretty grooved...


And all bits out until I make the next tool, which will be tomorrow's job...


Will probably paint the tools and put in the toolbox later, time for a beer...
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The tensioner pad is pretty grooved...
you have an early style primary chain with the figure 8 shape links.the later flat side chain links will show less wear there.
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