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Technical From stamped to aluminum rockers = new rods?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dustin A Campbell, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Thanks guys.

    You can delete
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2019
  2. your chances of getting a real answer would go up if we knew what motor you are working on

    lacking that information , i will say sure the old pushrods will be fine. give them them a try , if you break something let us know
  3. Halfdozen
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 627


    Ahh, you're apparently sorta in the wrong place here.
    This isn't a muscle car/ street rod/ rat rod site. Hang out, read some posts, get an idea of what this site is all about. Or put on your flame suit...
    Many of the guys here have never owned a pushrod.
  4. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,342


    Generally you use guide plates along with the roller rocker. If you have to have the guide plate then you'll need hardened pushrods. The length will still be 7.800, the pushrod material is different to withstand contact with the pushrod guide plate.
    So the answer is 'yes'
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  5. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 17,030

    from oregon

    The other answer is Smith Brothers, no not cough drops either.
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  6. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    You won’t know until you mock it up and do a check. Magic marker on the valve stem top and turn the engine a couple of revolutions. You want to look for the narrowest pattern on top of the valve that stays in the center of the stem. Cam profile, lifter design, rocker design could all cause changes.
  7. 54vicky
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,599


    never used different push rods or guide plates in our 7200 rpm race engines nor in our 402 bb tow problems found on yearly tear downs on race engine

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