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Date:  3-30-2014
Number of Hours:  2.50
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Brief Description:  Engine Lifter Check

A question was raised about my work at Corvair College 28… more specifically, did I lube the base of my lifters when I installed them. The answer to this question was, unfortunately… no. This was completely unacceptable. Several of us thought that Roy Szarafinski most likely lubed the cam lobes when he assembled the lower end, but he had last worked on my engine in July 2013, so even if I were to ask him, and he said that he did lube the lobes, it wasn’t worth the risk of not knowing for sure. So, the heads would have to come back off and this minor/major detail would need to be addressed. I say “minor” detail because the application of the cam lube during the lifter installation (CC 28 in San Marcos, TX) would have added about 1 minute total to my build… I say “major” detail because without this lube, my cam would most certainly be trashed during the first few minutes of running the engine, requiring a complete overhaul on what would otherwise be a zero time engine. So, off come the heads! Of course, this required me to pull the lifters and such… basically reversing all the work I did at CC 28, but it was necessary at this point, and a good learning experience. Long story short, when I pulled the lifters they did have a liberal amount of lubricant on the bases, indicating that Roy had indeed applied some sort of heavy lubricant (beige in color) to the cam lobes. Not sure what it might have been because the recommended lubricant (Crane Cam Lube) is black in color, so I’m not at all disappointed to have done this check and applied the good stuff. All in all, it took me about 2.5 hours to complete the process… working carefully and uninterrupted in my hangar on a nice spring afternoon.
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Mounted to Table

Mounted to Table

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Left Head Removed

Left Head Removed

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A Properly Lubricated Lifter

A Properly Lubricated Lifter

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