Originally Posted by pearlman55
if these are hyd.flat tappet lifters and the bottoms dont show any signs of abnormal wear,you can reuse them but ONLY on the same camshaft,and EACH lifter MUST go back onto the same lobe it came off of..If you are changing cams,buy NEW lifters.roller lifters and cams are different and can be moved around.
I agree with you whole heartedly - the cost of lifters as compared to the potential loss of the cam, etc. is pretty small.
But . . . in one of the Dave Vizard books I have around here he mentions that lifters in good condition can be re-used if properly prepped. I believe he basically surfaced them by rubbing them on some sand paper in a figure 8 pattern. I'll look for the book tomorrow and post back.
Again though, I wouldn't . . . it does make me curious as to how many of the guys (if any!) who race and go through lots of rebuilds a year do this though . . .