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Old 08/12/02, 10:54 PM   #1
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302 valve adjustment???

i just recentlt installed a new cam and lifters, now do i have to adjust the valves or not. i couldnt find any thing in my motors manual. (its a 302) any help would be great. thanks
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Old 08/13/02, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re:302 valve adjustment???

If they are hydraulic there should be no adjustment to speak of. If they are solid there will be a feeler gauge adjustment which should be specked out in the cam kit.<br><br>Paul

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Re:302 valve adjustment???

Almost positive it is a hydraulic. It also depends on the year, but I am pretty sure that all you have to do is bolt the rockers down and go. Not like a SBC where you have to dick around with the valve adjustment!!!!

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Old 08/13/02, 03:51 PM   #4
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Re:302 valve adjustment???

You adjust by bumping engine, untill one rocker is up and one is dn and is just starting to go back up.<br>tighten nut while turning pushrod untill you can't<br>move pushrod anymore,then tighten one and three quarters turn/bump engine and do the one next to it<br>just do them in pairs no certain order. (turn pushrod with fingers) 8)<br>
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Old 09/14/03, 10:21 AM   #5
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Re:302 valve adjustment???

It is messy but it works,after you get every one &quot;snuged&quot; but not over tightened, have somebody start it whih a valve cover off looosed the adj nut till you hear it start to click, then tighten it till it does not click any more and 1/4 turn no more, then move to the next one and on and on, you can use tin foil if you get a lot of oil spay. it is messy.
Old 09/14/03, 11:39 AM   #6
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Re:302 valve adjustment???

Need info what type type of heads do you have? does it have screw in studs ? do the rocker nuts look like they are self locking? most stock 302's do not have adjustable valves so if you just rebuilt by the manual it should be good to go if you are getting valve noises then you may need to check with the cam manufacturer to see if they have a shim kit or a kit to convert it to adjustable style

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Old 09/14/03, 11:40 AM   #7
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Re:302 valve adjustment???

Get an old valve cover and cut out the top. That's what I did. Take the original off and use the cut out one to adjust your valve train. With it running back the rockers off just until they click. Then turn them in 3/4 of a turn. Replace the valve cover and go to the other side. Works great!

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