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51 Chevrolet 216

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Posted by cdprimm on March 06, 2002 at 19:54:49 from (

I recently got my 51 Chevrolet with a 216 6 cyl running and have been doing a little tuning on it here and there. I adjusted the valves on it a while back .006 and .016. It recently developed a miss and I searched and searched and searched for the cause. Finally I took the valve cover off again and my heart sank. One of the rocker arms on #5 had broken off on the pushrod side. I also discovered that one of the pushrods on #1 had slipped off the lifter and was the rocker arm was of course no where near in contact with it. It's amazing the old bird was running at all.

Anyone have any advice. I know where I can get some good rocker arms and I don't think my pushrods are bent. Can anyone shed any light on as to why this happened. I don't want to make the same mistake twice.


Chad D. Primm

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