One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Now that all the testing was finished and I found out which pushrods
and shims work the best, I was on my way to the finish line. I had my
intake manifold, carburetor, radiator, pulleys and alternator all
installed and was ready to stab the distributor in when I decided to
prim the engine. I probably wouldn't have thought about doing this if I
hadn't borrowed the tool from my buddy Larry, but it was on
my work bench and I thought...why not!
After dropping it into place and spinning it with my drill, I had oil
pressure on the top end. At least most of it anyways. Notice the intake
gasket on the heads. This is what used gaskets look like once
they've been assembled once. Huuhhhh? Strap in because it's going to be
a bumpy ride.
What I found when I was priming the engine, or the lack there of, was
four rockers that were not getting oil. Now how can that be? All of the
others were fine and looking good, except for those few. I stepped back and
looked at all the rocker arms that had oil running down them, and then
looked at the ones that didn't. Again I found myself shaking my head
from side to side saying "no damn way"!!
I couldn't believe what I was seeing and could only wonder why this
was happening. Then it hit me what it might be....my new rebuilt
lifters?? I hated to even think it, but that seemed to be the only
explanation. I tried priming the engine two or three more times, trying
to get some...or any oil... to those rockers so I didn't have to take stuff
apart that I just put together just minutes before.
As I sat there sitting next to the car looking for an answer, I
couldn't believe that I was getting ready to take apart most of my
Notice the rev-kit has been removed here. Also notice the four lifters are
not in the engine on the left side anymore. Son-of-a-bitch!! This was
enough to piss off the good humor man.