Setting initial Valve Lash on Solid lifter 273

Small Block Mopar Engine

  1. seabee

    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Hi All,

    I am reassembling my first engine and am just about to put it back in the car. Since I have a new cam and lifters I wanted to know if there is a good way to set initial lash before cranking it for the first time. The Cam card reads .014 (pic below).

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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  2. OldmanRick

    OldmanRick Well-Known Member

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    I always like to be a hair loose. You can get pretty hot during break in so i like to leave a little room for expansion. Wait for others to chime in and you'll get a consensus.
    By the way if your using the recommended spring pressure on the card, your gonna be able to rev the wee out of it when it's ready. Looks like a lotta fun:D
     
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    67Dart273 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    From Crane:

    [ame]http://www.cranecams.com/pdf-tech-tips/mech-lift.pdf[/ame]

    "Iron heads, iron block, add .002"

    I use the EOIC method, or the popular chart:

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    EOIC means

    When the EXHAUST just starts to OPEN, adjust the intake for that cylinder
    When the INTAKE opens and is nearly CLOSED, adjust the exhaust for that cylinder

    The chart helps keep engine rotation to a minimum, important for a new cam. You don't want to be running the engine round endlessly on the starter or at idle. Pay attention to break in recommendations, use a zinc additive, and make SURE you have the engine READY to fire.

    This includes leaks, oil prime, proper coolant filling (and burping) fuel prime, and static timing.
     
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