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Hydraulic lifter conversion?

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  • Hydraulic lifter conversion?

    I noticed that Lionel Stone sells a kit to convert to hydraulic lifters. Anyone done this? What's the pros & cons?


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    Clark in San Diego
    '63 Lark Standard
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    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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    DO NOT go this route.[V]

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    • #3
      I did it for Stone back in 74 in his car the cam was a Iskenderian ST-5 it is still running today. He has it for sale in TW. The lifters are Rhodes. He just sells them.

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      • #4
        The general Stude owner is not as bad as some brandX, but a few just want some excuse to 'modernize' their cars whether it is good science or not. No serious Stude gear head I know recommends this conversion:
        1. Studebaker solid lifters are absolutely trouble free.
        2. Studebaker solid lifters are quiet when properly adjusted.
        3. Rhodes lifters are often as or more noisy than Stude solids.
        4. Studebaker solid lifters rarely to never need readjusting.
        5. The conversion I drove did not perform as well as it did before the owner made the swap.

        thnx, jv.

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        • #5
          Well!

          I think we have a consensus!

          Thanks!


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          Clark in San Diego
          '63 Lark Standard
          http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

          Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            Clark, The conversion is expensive because it requires new pushrods too.$100 a set from Smith Bros. Pushrods in Oregon. If you are going to use the big block Chev. rockers they are nice to have so you won't have to modify the valve cover to oil the rockers. It has to be done on a new cam. Not new lifters on an old cam. It is not for the cheep, or the faint of heart. It is for some one that wants a big cam but dosen't want the low vacuum on a power brake car.

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