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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-13-09, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! 302 problem *please read*

alright guys, heres a doosey for you. i hope someone can shed some light on this...

The original planned setup:

1990 H.O. 302 shortblock. bored .030. Stock crank, stock rods. stock compression pistons. No deck work on the block.
1995 Cobra GT-40 heads. stock valves, no milling
1995 Cobra 1.7:1 roller rocker arms. Factory ford part made by Crane.
Ford Racing "F" cam. .512/.512 lift, 288 duration
Trickflow high lift valve springs.
Comp Cams double roller timing set.
Lunati direct replacement stock 6.4 inch pushrods
Lunati direct replacement stock lifters

should work right? well the pistons hit the valves BAD. i double checked my timing marks and they looked good. i removed the 1.7 rockers and installed a set of stock 1.6 rockers and i still have BAD piston to valve clearance.

I think "damn, the cam is too big" so i went back to summit and returned the F and got a B cam instead. .480/.480 lift, 284 duration.

I STILL have clearance problems. i then thought maybe its something to do with GT40 heads so i bolted an E7 head on and STILL had the problem.

i double checked the timing marks, theyre perfect and i double checked to make sure they gave me the right set. they did.

so...where do i go from here?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-19-09, 06:29 AM
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Re: HELP! 302 problem *please read*

A stock push rod on a 1990 302 is 6.25" isn't it? I would use a pushrod measuring tool and start there.
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