After looking at my friends valves I noted that they are the original two piece valves. So Im going to talk him into replacing them with the new modern ones. What tool do I use to lift the old valves to remove the valve keepers and replace with the new ones. Also what is the valve clearance.
Will, it does not take a lot of effort to compress the valve springs. A simple fork wide enough to clear the stems, and a hook to hang from the manifold studs with another bend to take the fork, and you are ready to lever. I have the correct tool, but for years used a V8 valve lifting fork and hook around the manifold studs.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Here's a link to a prior discussion that shows a home grown tool that does as Allan suggests. Works fine.
Valve clearance -
Two choices -
1 - go for .010 on Intake and .012 on exhaust. Easy and works.
2 - piston position method which was recommended for worn camshafts. Way too much bother in my world but I'm certain their are folks who would advocate for it. Check out the Ford Service book (if you have one) for the details.
Thanks guys again, I'm almost sure I have that Steve Jeff tool in my tool box.
I have a neat little valve spring compressor that was made especially for T's. I forget the make. Works kinda like a scissor lift. However, I have managed to compress them with a screwdriver. The springs are pretty weak in the grand scheme of things.
JELF, HIS NAME IS JELF. I've become very sensitive to people calling him Jeff. There, now get it right, whew, I need my pills. Maybe a beer. Hoo!
Please forgive my transgressions. It's been a rough time over the last couple days and I've become just a little irritable. And if I kick the dog again he might bite me.
I'll bet Jeff is getting tired of people pronouncing his name incorrectly. We all know it is STEVE!
Oh, my bad! Never mind. God I hate people that insist on saying "my bad". Of course it's your "bad"! So take it and leave. Geez!
If the engine has the original vales and tappets, then its likely the tappets will have a cup worn down into them. If this is the case, you can't set the valves by clearance and you will have to use the K.R.Wilson piston travel method.
Alternately, you could remove camshaft and tappets and replace with new solid ones, new adjustable ones or you can just grind the cups off the originals.
The piston travel method will give you better performance on a worn engine, but likely noisy valves.