This is my third valve lapping, grinding reseating to improve compression. This is a new problem,. The valves, pictured, do not have the two holes in them that fit my valve grinding tool. The only way I did cylinder one, was to remove the springs. I then put a thin layer of compound, and grasped the valve stem with a vice grip. By pushing down hard on the top of the valve, and turning the vice grip 1/5 a turn 50 times, before rotating the valve a quarter turn, the valve slid freely and it appears I have a good surface. So my questions are is there an easier way? Also it seems like it will be difficult to compress the valve springs back into the block. Any suggestions on how to do this ? Thanks
This is the one I was looking for
Consider a valve lapping tool?
Get a valve lapping stick with suction cups on the ends, most auto parts stores still carry them.
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And...get a small coil spring to place under the valve in the valve pocket, that will allow the valve to pop up, and not stick to the lapping compound, as you rotate the valve to new positions on the seat!
Coil spring for valve grinding, 3/4" dia. top, 1" dia. bottom, and 2" length.
And, by the way, the photos above are posed.
The '23 engine had nice valve seats, valves on top of the block, little wear. So was gonna re-use these two-piece iron head/steel shaft Ford valves, just grind them back in again.
But....conscience had the better call, the block is now at the rebuilder getting the complete go-over with modern 1-piece valves. An old 2-piece Ford valve can put a damper in your day when it busts a piston.
Do I have 2 piece valves from the pictures?
Also I tried the valve lapping tool the dowel and cup. For the life of me I could not get the valves to turn using this tool I will watch the videos
They are not 2 piece valves.
The valve in my photo marked "4" is indeed original Ford valve, these are 'two-piece', the valve head is iron, the valve stem is steel.
They can separate. Bad news when the head goes into the cylinder.
Ford valve, you can see the iron head, and the steel stem in this cutaway
What the damage looks like when the head pops off a 2-piece valve.
Dave, Your contact area is to wide. The valve wont seal very well. Thinner is better. Cut the inner angle on the block, Scott
Scott Thanks I will send a picture of a valve after I have set it with the compound to see if you think it is done properly. I learn so much from you all
Thanks Dan for the pictures of a 2 piece valve See you all tomorrow at the Museum i hope
A little oil on the suction cup will help it to stick to the valve. Just enough to moisten the cup.
Or some of the grinding paste to add to the friction under the cup..
You working on that Blue Lizzie you have for sale? I saws it needed a valve job.
While I would agree that a narrow face is better I would bet there are a lot of T's, mine included, that have a wide face in the seat. His photo shows the valve with what looks to be a fresh cut so really can't tell from that what the seats look like.
When I have lapped valves into the block they show a gray ring where seated.
Do you have adjustable lifters? If you have lapped the valve shown, does not look like you are making contact with the seat. Could be why you are having compression problems, little or no gap between the valve stem and lifter. If you have adjustable lifter I would suggest backing them off then do the valve job and re-adjust after. If you don't have those you may need to grind the stems and set you gap before you grind the valves then check again after.
Hi James, I have been over whelmed with volunteer work, Police, Lions Scouts and doing 3 military funerals today as Chaplain. TOO many cars to work on. I am working on a 1919 Roadster to get it ready for the grand kids to drive The Touring sale fell through to a man in Poland. I have it up for sale at a loss. If it does not sell i will start working on it. I LOVE getting these cars to run again !!!!