If the lifter comes up a bit and then gets tight, suspect a cam/lifter mating surface problem...
The bottom of the lifter is ground with a very large radius (convex) and the cam lobe never sees the edge of the lifter unless something is wrong...the exception might be if the engine is really coked up (burnt-on oil residues) and the lifters have this on the bottom of their OD's...
hmmm...coke and OD...*G*
I usually either remove by hand or with a pair of lock ring pliers
No punch line Vinnie....I'm a lousy joke-teller..*G*
They are removed with a mechanics magnet or grabbers (through the pushrod hole) and left to languish in the lifter valley....getting the new ones in there is up to you...*G*...that's where you made your mistake in tripping me up...hehehe
Personally, I like the idea of lifting them all up to pull the cam out and then dropping them into the pan...much more fun...
Do they make inflatable lifters?? hehehe
Seriously though, there are some engines (289's aren't among them) which have space in the heads which opens to the lifter gallery and lifters can be removed and installed without removing the manifold, albeit with some effort.
You're quite welcome and please don't take our good natured banter amongst ourselves as a slam on the validity of your question.
It's hot! *G*
If you have any further questions feel free to ask.....and enjoy your stay!!
BTW, a good mechanics magnet will usually pull them up too...on stubborn ones (coked oil on bottom OD) I've used a combination of lock ring pliers gripping the ID to get it out of the bore slightly and then clamp on with vise grips and work it out...the trick is not to damage the bore, as fit is critical...
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