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Solid lifters and Oil Pressure

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by farmboat, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. farmboat
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 287

    from Lucas, KY

    I've got a Ford 360 been rebuilt by someone else, started and ran good a few days maybe 1000 miles now one push rod came off the rocker and one pushrod bent and broke. Solid lifters and soild pushrods. 20 plus psi oil pressure at idle. But I have no oil coming to top of engine. What's wrong?

    I thought the oil traveled thru the pushrods and lifters to get up top. (obliously not the case with solid ) the cylinders involved are 1 and 8.
  2. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,864

    dirty old man

    FE's don't oil rockers thru pushrods. Oil flows up thru block to deck in a passage,then into an corresponding passage thru the hrad and into a passage in one off the rocker shaft stands, from there into tubular rocker shaft and out to the rockers.
  3. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,364

    dave lewis

    mixed up rocker shaft stands, or the wrong bolt in the "oil passage" stand.
  4. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950



    FE's, if not assembled by a qualified person, will not send oil/pressure to all corners of the block.
    I suggest you find a local machinist that is familiar with the assemblage of FE parts cuz if not done right,
    You will not garner oil/pressure to the top end.

    As far as the pushrods go, someone has obviously not set the rockers/shafts/pushrods up right.

    Irregardless, your major problem right know is in correcting the lack of oil pressure before the engine is wrecked.

    My first thoughts are that is a misplaced or missing oil galley plug or that an external engine oil cooler or remote filter is plumbed backwards?

    It's always a beach starting and running someones else's so called build up.

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2011

  5. The 360 was an hydraulic engine. If you spec'd solids (and it had to be changed over), one changeover trick is to reduce oil supply to the rocker shafts as this increases oil volume @ the bottom of the engine where it will be needed and prevent it from going into the valvetrain where as much oil supply is not needed with solids.

    Check under the stands that allow oil to the rocker shafts and you should find restrictors installed. Simply remove them.
  6. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,328

    from South Indy

    And don't forget what was said about the one skinny bolt in the rocker shafts.
  7. Gmachn
    Joined: Jun 7, 2013
    Posts: 1


    I switched from hydraulics to solid lifters should the oil pressure change, 350 chevy
  8. models916
    Joined: Apr 19, 2012
    Posts: 380


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