Pushrods extended too far?

Discussion in 'Classic Models' started by tod1960, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. tod1960

    tod1960 Banned

    I know I am getting old and must be having a brain (EDIT) on this issue. (Engine "59 FL" going back together after complete tear down.) Adjusted push rods (stock) and they are almost completely extended. Don't seem right! They are not tight, spin freely. tappets have no oil in them (were taken apart and cleaned). Suggestions? Comments? What am I missing here?

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  2. northernrider

    northernrider Member

    If the tappets are fully compressed that will do it.
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Remove the tappets pump them up and see if they hold, 3 pumps should do it, if not there is a bleed hole in the bottom of the hydraulic unit use a tooth pick and bleed it down, did any oil come out, if not soak them in oil and pump them up again, if they will not pump up they are bad. You do have the tappets installed correctly with the oil holes facing the correct way so the lifters can pump up RIGHT? Hope this helps, Capital Jack