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blog Monday, July 13, 2009 @ 9:11 PM
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We got the exhaust leak quiet so we could investigate a noise...I could hear it when 4 miles during the maiden voyage yesturday, at about 2500 rpm...then after pulling over and then heading home, I could definately hear it the whole way home...I was thinking it got louder after the engine had warmed up
 
I sware I suspect a loose rocker, they are adjustable and I had adjusted them wrong the first time; then I adjusted them again...but I was nervous about the whole process.....I used 1/4 turn spec after zero lash...that's not very tight; but it should have been ok.  the noise seems like it's only one of them...but again I could be wrong and maybe it's not even a rocker maybe I bent a pushrod from a loose rocker already?
 
we're going to pull the upper intake and investigate
 
 
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StangMan92
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 9:15 PM


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nicole when i had the black fox i had a very similar noise to yours. sure enough i removed the valve covers and discovered two lose rocker arms. i tightened them and kept having to retighten them for a few months every so often but once the motor was broken in they seemed to have fixed themselves. i may be wrong but thats what happened to mine 

FroMonster
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 9:19 PM


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After all that work Nichole I'd be afraid to crank it until you locate the problem. Good luck locating it. 

J
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 9:32 PM


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Seems high in the engine, rockers or push rod or lifter.... 

88 Fox Saleen
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 9:52 PM


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Thats exactly what I am thinking too J.  

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:03 PM


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it better not be a lifter or I'll send a grenade over to comp cams 

J
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:09 PM


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UPS or Fedex? 

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:10 PM


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my logic is this...it's not very fast of a noise...so if it were a piston making noise..or connecting rod then it would be twice as fast as a rocker/pushrod/lifter.   The only thing that can destroy my spirit is bottom end failure, top end adjustment issues don't worry me, or even surprise me.

This will not be any kind of a serious problem either way, that's my opinon.  It just means we have to fix it before I can drive it offically.....

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:11 PM


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[ups or fedex] .....LOL

I'm getting a currier to come pick it up tonight and have it there by morning!

lftturn
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:21 PM


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I had a lifter on a 351 Cleveland that I forgot to pump up completely with oil and started making a sound similar to that. Have you put a dowel rod or big screwdriver to the area and listen through the handle end? Sometimes you can tell if it's under valve cover, in the head, or, lower by moving down a little at a time.

J
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:24 PM


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we have one of those listener things, sounds loudest over the valve cover. 

lftturn
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:31 PM


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Well, to me, that's good. Better than in the head or cradle. I bet it's a dry lifter or what you and stangman think on the loose rocker. I know if valve covers are baffled and a rocker comes loose, it'll make a helluva lot more noise tappin' on the valve cover. Good luck guys. 

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 13th, 2009 @ 10:53 PM


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it's the driver's side and the baffle is only on the passenger side, but we will investigate the inside of the valve cover to make sure there's no wear marks. 

gunner_501
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 12:04 AM


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Listener things .. J cracks me up with his technical terms .. LMAO. That sounds really like a loose rocker. 

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:04 AM


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If you used the 1/4 turn spec, its most definately a rocker. just pull the valve cover off and check em. no need to pull the whole intake off if thats all it is. Ive put quite a few together and I always had loose ones, after running it for a few mins. When I used 1/4 turn.

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:05 AM


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It being a little loose wouldnt have hurt anything else either.

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:09 AM


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Oh, if you need a courier Nicole...hint hint.  lmao

gunner_501
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:12 AM


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I agree with Mark .. also the engine may smooth out a bit when you reset that rocker. 

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:14 AM


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....and if it does smooth out. That means you need a bigger cam. lmao    No j/k

gunner_501
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 10:17 AM


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LMAO .. GO BIGGER .. LOL 

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 11:55 AM


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Do a few bong hits before you test things. It will help keep you calm when you have these little issues. Instead of freakin out  and ripping your whole intake and stuff off. lol

J
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 12:24 PM


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I am ready to replace everything... lifters pushrods and rockers... lets roll.

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 1:10 PM


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lmao. Well send that old shit to me !! ha ha 

91GT347
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 1:10 PM


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You might as well just get a whole new set of heads too. lmao

gunner_501
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 5:18 PM


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LMAO .. GO J 

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 6:12 PM


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yeah, ok; these 1400 dollar heads aren't going anywhere, and neither is my new valve train components
  Everything in this engine is new except the block, crank and a few bolts. 

as for the intake..the upper intake needs to come off; no way will the valve covers lift off the rockers and still slide out under the intake.  The lower intake is staying put, it doesn't leak so it'll have to still make noise after the rockers are readjusted.

J
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 6:57 PM


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to late, tranny and engine are out of the car. 

lftturn
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 7:10 PM


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LMAO, J !!! Mark, what kind of wrench thingy did you use for the 1/4 turn? Or does that bong thingy universally fit everything? 

lftturn
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 7:11 PM


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Electric car concept may have been an outstanding project. lmao

Nicoleb3x3
Jul 14th, 2009 @ 8:15 PM


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new development!

http://www.gotstang.com/blog/3870#jump 

91GT347
Jul 15th, 2009 @ 7:23 AM


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lmao. Glad thats all it was. I fugured as much.



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