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Oh did I almost screw up big time last night!! I was doing some needed repairs in the garage like changing a stuck thermostat, a fuel pump gasket, and adjusting the valve rockers. I KNOW someone on here said they used cardboard to keep the oil from getting everywhere when adjusting the valves and I thought that was a good idea because it does get messy. It worked get for a SHORT time until poof! The cardboard caught on fire from the headers and I'm trying to blow it out in a panic. Then I remember the pan of oil and gas mix sitting right under the car from changing out the fuel pump gasket. Yikes! Nothing left to do but grab the fire extinguisher. Two shots and it was out. I'm standing there in shock with the smell of oil, burnt cardboard, a huge layer of smoke that is hanging from the garage ceiling, and the wife pulls up. Doh! Lucky after cleaning up everything nothing was hurt except for my pride. I'll really think things through next time.

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I did exactly the same thing many years ago..except I was using rags to catch the oil..*they caught it alright*, as well as fire...now I keep an old pair of Valves covers with the tops cut out ..cleaner safer..and no fires..*L*

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when we (my dad and i) first put my engine back together we left the valve covers unbolted because we were gonna adjust the valves also. well the oil rained on the headers and the next thing u know there was a fire. haha. lucky my dad was smart enough to have a water hose at quick disposal.
 

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After my first experience adjusting the vlves on a SBC - those clips are useless also - I keep a valve cover with the top cut out also. Glue a gasket on the cover - much safer & cleaner.
 

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I sure am glad I have hydraulic lifters...never have to mess with that!

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Had myself a little fire couple of weeks ago...... Funny how fire raises the excitement level.......

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Kinda like that old "Far Side" comic showing a guy taking a bath and shows an eel on the edge of the tub. Caption reads "place not to put your electric eel".

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The cardboard trick was probably a post of mine. I used to use cardboard all the time ... never even thought of it catching fire *LOL*!

Now I have an old vavle cover with a slit cut out of it ... much easier, much cleaner, and apparently MUCH SAFER *LOL*

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