As some of you know I am currently slowly rebuilding the 3.9 Litre MPEFI in my NB Fairlane after the auto gearbox repair shop apparently broke an oil filler cap an left the broken bits in the engine (result: bits broken off timing chain links, timing chain tension adjuster mushroomed, timing chain dampers broken, oil pump screen plugged with broken bits, metal timing chain bits enter pumps when screen plugged and safety valve opens, distributor gear stripped etc).
I have stripped down and partially reassembled the block (honed, ridge reamed, new bearings, new rings etc) and have started on the head. I don't want to risk leaving any small metal or plastic bits in the hydraulic valve lash adjusters but the quoted price of $34 per adjuster has me thinking twice about going with new ones. Especially as they working fine before the pump locked up. Some aftermarket manuals say these adjusters can be stripped, cleaned and reassembled; other, including the Ford factory one say no.
I assume the K-line kit as decribed below will allow the cheaper route of rebuilding them:
"VALVE LASH ADJUSTER REPAIR KIT
TO SUIT FORD FALCON EA-EB 1988-3/1993
12 RUBBER PISTON RETAINER CLIPS
12 RUBBER BALL SEAT RETAINER CLIPS"
Has anybody used this kit? Is it a wise optiopn?
BTW how do you attach a standard degree wheel to these. The multibelt pulley is too deep and the attaching bolt too short to attached it to the pulley with the centre bolt. I guess you just attach the degree wheel to the crank shaft before reinstalling the pulley and mark the timing cover accordingly; or is there another way?