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I'm building my first motor, a 460 - to stomp every chevy in town, with a nonadustable valvetrain. The rockers, pushrods, and valves all show practically no wear, so I'm going to go ahead and use them. Roller rockers sound like a good idea, crane makes some for $180. I'm working part time and going to school, so I don't have money to throw around, are roller rockers worth it on a big block Ford? I may install them down the road if I don't now, or will this be a problem when the existing rockers wear in?
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My 460 in my Lincoln is basicly stock and still has plenty of power but then again This is my daily driver and i don't really race it....well somtimes i have to put a honda owner in his place with a 2 ton+ land yatch. HEHE

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Was the 460 recently rebuilt? Usually, replacing valves, valve guides and seals are normal maintenance items when rebuilding an engine, especially one being modified for performance use...

Personally I would prefer seeing you with an adjustable valve train, especially if you're considering an aftermarket roller rocker...too many variables IMO to use non adjustable valvetrain stuff.

If you decide to make the switch and need some NOS guide plates, contact me....I bought a couple sets for an aborted 514 project for the race car back in the early 80's and believe they're still in a parts cabinet at my mom's.....



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I have a Crane needle bearing roller fulcurm conversion kit in my tow truck. They require no machining and use stock rockers, pushrods. IMHO, a good compromise between stock rockers and full roller rocker arms. Comes with adjustment shims and instructions.


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The plain old ordinary stock units are what I have in our 460. They work just fine and the car runs low 13s. You don't need them for what you have in mind for your car.

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