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Engine "Tick" in 356 Su per Clipper
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Lauren R Lampi
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Developed a Tick in my 356 Super Clipper this summer.
Seems like it was coming from the front half of the engine.
Sounded like a lifter tick. Took off the carb and fuel lines. The manifolds and lifter covers. Checking the lifter inserts, I found that the intake valve lifter on the
number one cylinder was a problem. The lifter spring was
"loose". I could move the spring up and down and also spin the spring around the lifter. The lifter on the intake
valve of the number four cylinder is starting to show the
same symptoms. the remaining lifters seem OK right now.
I did a valve and ring job on the engine about 3 years ago
and have about one thousand miles on the engine.
Engine had about 70,000 miles on it.
I put a lot of new parts in the engine at that time.
New valves, springs, retainers, Timing chain and gears,
oil pump, fuel pump, Rebuilt carb, electrical parts and
NEW hydraulic valve lifter inserts in all the lifters.

Now I need to Pull the head and take out the valves and
remove the lifter inserts.

I have the old original lifter inserts that I removed when
I was doing the engine work. I kept them in plastic baggies
so I know which lifter went with witch valve.

Put the old lifter inserts back in after I clean them up,
Or do I try it again and buy a new set of lifter inserts
and put them in ???? Maybe the old ones a better than
the reproductions. You have to take the head off to do
these replacements.

Anyone else have experience with repro lifter inserts?

Lauren R Lampi
Grand Rapids, MN
47 Super Custom Clipper
54 Clipper deluxe

Posted on: 2015/8/7 12:21
Lauren R Lampi
Grand Rapids, Minn.
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Re: Engine "Tick" in 356 Su per Clipper
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JD in KC
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As far as the replacement hydraulic lifters are concerned, I replaced a collapsed original with the reproduction replacement 5 years ago along with rings and new valves. The lifter is still quiet and seems to be functioning well. The lifter has now has 1,700 miles on it. Are you referring to the small spring at the top of the lifter, or the large valve spring? I seem to remember the small spring moved fairly easily when I disassembled the original lifters to clean them. Of course, you shouldn't be able to budge the large spring without a spring retracting tool.

Posted on: 2015/8/7 12:42
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Re: Engine "Tick" in 356 Su per Clipper
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Lauren R Lampi
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That's correct. Not the valve spring, but the spring that
is around the upper portion of the lifter insert.
I was looking at the old original part that I removed three
or four years ago. the spring in the original part was
heavier and the reproduction part.
I'm going to check all of the old original parts that I
have saved. Get them cleaned up and disassembled and
check for any wear or potential bad areas.

Got some paint remover and dabbed it on the head nuts to
remove the paint. wife's sons are visiting this weekend,
so I will enlist their help to remove the hood and get it
stored. They helped remove the hood about 5 years ago
when I started the project. Lined up an engine hoist from a friend so I can safely lift off the head after I get it loosened.

Hop that the old lifter inserts check of Okay.

Lauren R Lampi
Grand Rapids, MN

Posted on: 2015/8/7 18:58
Lauren R Lampi
Grand Rapids, Minn.
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