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Could pushrod length be wrong?
That doesn't really matter because you're using adjustable rockers.

Look at the undersides of the valve cover to see if any of the rockers are hitting the valve cover.

I know the motorsport valve covers are supposed to clear larger rocker arms, but those look HUGE!

Just a few thoughts..

-In your article you said that you went another 3/4 of a trun after the rocker arm touches the end of the pushrod (or something like that). While that sometimes works a better way is to jiggle the pushrod up and down when tightening the rocker arm nut so you an actually feel and hear when there's contact between them. It also verifies that the pushrod is fully seated in the lifter (sometimes they can hang up "off-center" on the top of the lifter).

-Your article only applies to older SBF's, and newer ones that are using aftermarket adjustable rocker arms (stock was positive stop rocker arms).

-Never use pencil to mark off the inside of the distributor cap! (the lead can cause the spark to arc)

-Instead of rotating the crank two full revolutions to go through the timing order you can do them all while only rotating the crank within 270* (there are a few books that have a good picture on how to do this... just a little faster)

-Instead of marking the cap where the plug fires you should go from where the #1 cylinder is at TDC on it's compression stroke, and mark the others from there. (With the timing advanced 10* or so your distributor cap is also 10* off as well so where the plug fires is NOT where the cyls. will be at TDC)

All things considered it's a good article! :beer

-Paul
 

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So does this work on stock 351w's? Cause mines ticks and it really bothers me. (sorry i dont know alot about the valve train :brownbag )
 

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When i adjust them on older vehicles with adjustable rockers i always wiggled them with the motor running and also used the feeler gauge while the motor was running squeezing it between the pushrod and rocker, can get messy but i haven't had any issues after that.

One time i had a sligth tick that wouldn't go away but that was because i could wiggle the rockers and actually they got looser as i did that because the lifters were bleeding down, some reason a new lifter took a dump after a 2k miles.
 

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if you take the lower intake off you can turn it upside down and get the adjustable pushrods in. did this on my chevy motor since i got guide plates too.
 

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it was just an idea!! lol plus i did have it all together either i was building it at the time.
 

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Why not remove the guide plates, insert the rod, and replace the guide plates???

:shrug
 
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