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Old 03-27-2006, 04:50 PM
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Adjusting valves

I just rebuilt a 396 big block chevy, has new cam & lifters. Engine is completely back together, my question is, whats the best way to adjust the valves for the 1st time? Engine is out of the car.

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Old 04-06-2006, 04:57 AM
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just rebuilt, I will assume this means the block is dry. Put oil in it, remove the distributer, using an oil priming tool I would put pressure on the system just to pump up the lifters. Now the fun part. Just a recap after the system has had pressure on it I would look at the rockers to make sure the oil has made it's way to the top of the engine filling the lifters. take a cylinder anyone you wish to start with. Start with both valves closed , rotate the crank until the exhaust valve JUST starts to open. At this time go to the intake on the same cylinder and adjust that lifter. Back off the nut until you can feel play in the rocker. Count to 5 or 10 just to make sure the spring in the lifter is expanded, recheck to make sure the rocker is free (loose), Now slowly bring the nut down until all the play is gone (0 lash ) from the rocker. Now continue 1/2 more turn and the adjustment is done for the intake. Now rotate the engine again and notice when the now adjusted intake begins to open. Stop there and now adjust the exhaust valve as described above. Then continue on to the next.

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1 GM spec. is 3/4 after 0 lash
2. a rule of thumb is that if a valve just begins to open the opposite will be at 0 degrees or fully close, on the flattest spot of the cam.
Hope I have helped you out, if anything is unclear jut PM me with any questions and I will be glad to give you more information or clarity
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:38 AM
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One thing I would add is to follow the firing order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 and do all the intakes then do all the exhausts. Same results, less turning of the engine.
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