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Old 08-31-2005, 09:38 AM
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Adjusting Valves and Oil mess(or not in this case)

I adjusted the valves on my 87' 350 block and notices that oil was NOT getting all over the place. It was just running down the
valve rockers from the lifters. Its this a problem?
I always read how messy this job can be with the engine running, but not one drop got on the headers.
My oil pressure is good at idle and at higher rpms. Opinions or ideas?

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If you believe the guage to be accurate and you are getting roughly 10 PSI per 1000RPM then I wouldn't worry too much about it. I can adjust mine while running and it doesn't get too messy (though IMO adjusting them while running isn't the proper way to do it).
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:15 AM
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I do not adjust mine while they are running.
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So I guess there is no problem. I did notice that once I started the motor, it took about 15 seconds before oil began to run down the rockers. I wonder if I should go to a thinner oil....
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What oil are you currently using?
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thats the shad-tree way, but i been doing it for years with no problem, just work fast
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If you are using used push rods they may be getting clogged up with gunk. Different push rods have different size holes in the center. Some oil better than others. I tried a set of Speed Pro Moly pushrods and they were pumping so much oil. I thought it might drain my stock oil pan at high rpm. I switched over to a set of Comp pushrods. If this is a new motor with new push rods. I would assume you never primed it first. When priming a new motor it can take up to 5 minutes to get oil to start coming out of the pushrods. If you started setting the valves before the lifters were pumped up completely. I would go back and do it again.
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