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Hey, i just bought an overhauled 302 that had been sitting around. I installed it and it doesnt turn on because i think the lifters are not discharged due to not having oil for a while. The rockers are loose so the valvez are not opening properly. Does any one know wat i can do to get it running.? Do i have to take the lifters out and soak them in oil? Do i get longer push rods? Can i push start it? Do these rockers have to be adjusted. ? The guy i bought it from said it had a roller 3.25 cam ans solid roller.lifters.. Can i add starting fluid???
 

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:kooky: Welcome to AFM. :yup: Not sure about your install but do your have spark or fuel? Your rockers being loose would not keep the engine from starting unless someone backed them off till they were not opening any of them valves. Another thing is that you say your have solid lifters, they do not pump up, only the hydraulic ones do.
 

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So do u think it might have something to do with the spark? And if the lifters are solid, are the rockers suppose to be tight already, at least not loose? Thanx
 

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as far as i know all ford heads you run them down till they are tight they are not like chevys where you have to adjust them while its running , but not to tight if they are loose thats what i would do and then try starting it , do you have carbed or efi engine?
 

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I have never personally dealt with solid lifters but I am sure they are suppose to have a certain amount of tension on them.
I would say it is highly likely that it is a spark or fuel issue.
 

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Its fuel injected,,,i waz told in order to have a roller cam, i need roller lifters, i checked the fuel pressure its at 35lbs so i know its not the fuel...im thinking its the spark. Has a std tranny,,can i push start it?
 

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Well you got a few problems since you bought someone else's mess.

What cam is in there....hydraulic roller or solid?

Solid lifter are not the same as roller lifters.

You also need to check pushrod lengths
 

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it could also be solid roller. in that case the rocker arms will be loose on the ones that are down. this sounds like a real mess! you need to talk to the guy you got it from and get more info. solid roller? solid flat tappet? hydraulic roller? adjustable rocker arms? ect, ect..... guys solid roller cams and lifers have been around for more than 40 years. way longer than hydraulic.
 

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After 1 year with this engine, new rings, new bearings, new seals, block honed, ported gt40 heads,, ported upper and lower gt40 intake, CAI, 65mmtb, high vol. Oil pump, bbk u/d pulls,, im glad i kept it.:bigthumbsup
 

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What?!?!?!?

I buy a cupcake but it falls the crow flies very high but the tree is very green.

Maybe a little of an explanation is in order.
 
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