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Old 08-07-2011, 10:37 AM
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Dual Valve Springs on a '58 Chrysler Hemi

My 392 Chrysler Hemi has been rebuilt and in storage for over two years now and one of my concerns is the valvetrain. I've been spraying the valvetrain and lubricating the cylinder walls with GIBBS Lubricant every two weeks, rotating the crank and hoping to prevent any rust from surfacing. One of my customers at my Advance Auto Parts store suggested that my valve springs should be loosened to preserve the spring tension on them. How is this procedure done and can I do this myself? I appreciate any info greatly and find this site to be of valuable service! Mike
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Just take the pushrods out and you should be ok. The springs should live for a long time with just seat pressure.
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Dual Valve Springs on a '58 Chrysler Hemi

Thanks for your reply - You told me to remove the push rods... How do I accomplish this task? Mike
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Those look like adjustable pushrods. We used to use a pair of long handle 3/8 open end wrenches. Just loosen the adjuster with the valve closed and screw it in all the way. You should be able to slide the rocker over a bit and remove the pushrod.
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Those look like adjustable pushrods. We used to use a pair of long handle 3/8 open end wrenches. Just loosen the adjuster with the valve closed and screw it in all the way. You should be able to slide the rocker over a bit and remove the pushrod.
Thank you! I will have this done! Your avatar shows a '40 or '41 willys - is this your car? I've dreamed of owning one since I was a kid... My hemi was born to be in the bay of these Willys rides! So for now, I'll drop this beast in the rails of my coupe!
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That's not quite my car but similar. 41 Willys blown 355 sbc.......much more

I tried to put up a picture but the web is really slow right now.
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You need to take a digital photo of your Willys and do your best to post all photos to your profile. I had one chance in my lifetime to purchase a steel '41 Willys on Ebay for 35K that appeared to be an actual gasser from the day! It was a roller, had a chromed '57 Olds rear, the old style wheelie bars and even the parachute linkage still visible inside the cockpit! I should have bought that car, but knew it would have eliminated the rest of my settlement that I won in a terrible car accident I had in Jan of '07. I already dropped 19K in my hemi already and this purchase would have stopped any restoration from being completed. I would have sold my '31 in a heartbeat anyway! With this being said, I still should have bought that Willys anyway...

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I tried to put up a picture but the web is really slow right now.
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Here is a shot with the hood up. We were on a trip somewhere and I snapped this one. It's one of my favorites.

The car is dark cherry metallic pearl. It's kinda muddy if it is not bright sun. In the sun it looks nice I think. the only car I've ever had that girls like. haha

The license plate is under the front seat now. It's taking a chance if stopped but it looks much better and doesn't get in the way.
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Here is a shot with the hood up. We were on a trip somewhere and I snapped this one. It's one of my favorites.

The car is dark cherry metallic pearl. It's kinda muddy if it is not bright sun. In the sun it looks nice I think. the only car I've ever had that girls like. haha

The license plate is under the front seat now. It's taking a chance if stopped but it looks much better and doesn't get in the way.
That picture should be your avatar - make a copy of it, then use your paint program to shrink it to the required size. Nice car! Like you already know from my last response, I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THAT '41 while I had the chance!!
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