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cwsimpson
07-10-2017, 02:22 PM
As I was installing new valve seals, my magnet caught a pushrod and pulled it out. When I went to push it back in, it wouldn't go- sticking out a couple of inches above all the others. Drop oil pan? Move the cranakshaft? I know it sits in a cup inside the engine. Any info/ advice will be greatly appreciated.

PackardV8
07-10-2017, 02:38 PM
Slide the rocker arm sideways so you've got a straight drop down to the bottom of the lifter.

jack vines

cwsimpson
07-10-2017, 02:41 PM
Thanks, Jack
The rocker arm is off as I had to compress the springs.

cwsimpson
07-10-2017, 02:47 PM
Thanks, Jack
The rocker arm is off as I had to compress the springs.

cwsimpson
07-10-2017, 02:51 PM
And in the words of SNL late great favorite Gilda Radner: " Never mind..."
enough oil and some twisting and turning got it back in. Noticed it had a couple of wear marks on the bottom that were opposed to each other at 180 degrees. Just tried putting those marks at different angles

Now if I could just find that last keeper...

sals54
07-10-2017, 03:41 PM
Chevrolet keepers are the same. If you can't find it, any machine shop will have a bucket full of them. Of anyone here will have spares that we could send in an envelope.

spokejr
07-10-2017, 04:50 PM
And in the words of SNL late great favorite Gilda Radner: " Never mind..."
enough oil and some twisting and turning got it back in. Noticed it had a couple of wear marks on the bottom that were opposed to each other at 180 degrees. Just tried putting those marks at different angles

Now if I could just find that last keeper...

Is it possible that it is in the lifter your pushrod would go into correctly?

RadioRoy
07-10-2017, 06:27 PM
Is it possible that it is in the lifter your pushrod would go into correctly?

Excellent point. Are the keepers ferrous, so that a magnet will pick them up?

DieselJim
07-10-2017, 10:58 PM
Excellent point. Are the keepers ferrous, so that a magnet will pick them up?
Yes. A magnet will pick them up.

doofus
07-11-2017, 06:57 AM
Careful here, a magnet will also pull out the lifter.hold lifter down with stiff wire and fish. Luck Doofus