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Old 07-09-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Flathead Valve Adjustment

Novice wrencher here... so forgive me if this sounds dumb.

I have about 4000 miles on my rebuilt flathead (52 Mercury)... when should I check my valves and how often? Is it something a novice could do with guidance? Or is it something I should have the pros handle? I'd like to learn, but don't want to screw it up either!
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: Flathead Valve Adjustment

Do you have adjustable lifters, or non-adjustable? If you have adjustable lifters, check out this from Red's Headers

http://www.reds-headers.com/html/red...ne_talk_5.html
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Does it run quiet if so leave it alone.

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Old 07-09-2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: Flathead Valve Adjustment

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Do you have adjustable lifters, or non-adjustable? If you have adjustable lifters, check out this from Red's Headers

http://www.reds-headers.com/html/red...ne_talk_5.html
Yep. They're adjustable lifters. I'll check out the link. Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:48 AM   #5
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Default Re: Flathead Valve Adjustment

You are going to need an adjustment tool or have drilled lifter bores to stop lifter rotation when you proceed to lash valves.Lots of fun and swearing for the first time "newbie" A coulple of hours for shure.

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Old 07-10-2011, 07:55 AM   #6
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Default Re: Flathead Valve Adjustment

They're adjustable, but that's really for assembly only. Unless they start getting noisy, they need no further adjusting.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:47 AM   #7
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They're adjustable, but that's really for assembly only. Unless they start getting noisy, they need no further adjusting.
Thanks, Mike! I had a feeling that was the case when I searched the internet and couldn't find any info on adjustment once the engine was assembled. Cool! One less maintenance issue to deal with!
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