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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:45 am 
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My project is to get a 61 valiant which has been parked 10 yrs running again.
I got it to turn over and idle but did not like the amount of blue smoke from the exhaust.
This car has only 28k original miles so I thought it should not smoke. I guessed the rings
have collapsed or the valve seals may have crumbled away. So my plan was to do a inexpensive
ring job and put new gaskets in the motor. I pulled the motor using the Dutra slant 6 book
as a guide and have begun to inspect. I got a couple of surprises... The motor is very original.
It had a steel manifold to block gasket and also a steel head gasket. The manifold bolts had no
triangle washers only conical ones (on every bolt). I also found you should not order std size
rod bearings based on the assumption the engine is original. After cleaning off the block stamping
I found "R170 830 +X" (the plus being a malteze cross). Referred to the shop manual and more marks
on the crank counter weights to find this motor came new with .010 under size rod journals and also
.010 under size main journals. Now to the issue... The pushrods for the intake valves on the number
1 and 6 cylinders were bent pretty badly. What am I looking for in the valve train, guides, and
valves to determine the cause of the bent pushrods?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:53 am 
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Sure the mileage is not 128000?
If the valve adjustments get loose you can have a pushrod move over and bend when it gets out of the cup.
On those cylinders, do you see small valve contact points on the tops of the pistons?
Also, check the chain for teeth missing or it's jumped time.
Washers could have been changed years ago, 61 was a long time ago!
Good luck with the project!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:51 am 
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If the valves become stuck closed (or partially), then you can bend pushrods too. Sounds like a fun historical and rebuilding expedition...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:14 am 
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Or if they stick open. The pushrod can come off the rocker and bend when the cam pushes it up and it binds between the side of the rocker and the opening in the head.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:33 am 
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Back in the day, steel shim head and intake/exhaust gaskets were over-the-counter parts. Your engine was probably overhauled back in the late 60's/early 70's. Check the pistons and measure the bore, may find oversizes there as well...


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:02 pm 
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If you run the engine on old gas or didn't clean the tank well enough the varnish will travel through the fuel system and stick to the valves and stick them in the guides bending the pushrods. This happened to my '64 Valiant. The previous owner thought he was doing something good by running the car monthly, but he did so on old gas. Car barely ran until I replaced 3 intake pushrods.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:18 pm 
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Thanks all for the replies. I reinspected the piston tops, the rocker arms,and the area in the block near the lifters. I did not see any evidence of contact. piston tops just had a light carbon coat and the other surfaces were dark with old oil. I have not removed the timing cover yet to look at the timing set. I removed the pistons tonight, the ridge at the top of the bore looked to be about .010 inch. Enough to make your finger nail click but not enough to make a ridge reamer mandatory. Also still need to disassemble the #1 and #6 cyl valve and springs to see if there is sticking there or a weak spring.

In regard to stale gas, old gas may have been in the system prior to it being parked. But I modified the trunk floor and fit a new 1963 dart gas tank, sending unit, fuel line and fuel pump into it when preparing it to run again back in February this year.

If the valves are sticky in the guides, does one just use carb cleaner and brushes to wash the guides out? Or does it take machining to get the guides cleaned up?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:51 pm 
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Carb or brake cleaner on a round wire brush will clean up the guides. But if the valves have metal smeared on the stems then you're looking at replacing the valves and guides.

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