I finally found some time for the T. After inspecting the moving parts, I found out that the camshaft needs at least a new front bearing, so I started disassembling radiator and cylinder front cover as well as the big timing gear and the valve covers.
But here it comes: Is there a possibility to hold the adjustable lifters in the up position when there are no holes to drive pins through? As per Ford Service you are able to put a pin through it and allow the valve and springs to rest on the push rod. I checked the forum and yes I could use clothespins for the lifters but what about the spring`s tension?
Do I really need to pull the head or is there a trick to avoid it?
Thanks in advance from abroad,
You can remove the valve springs but you probably have to remove the manifold first.
Use on of those lever-type compressors; pullout the pin.
Then, it's possible to push the valve up, and fiddle the spring out. Or, leave it in place slack, and wedge something into it to hold up the lifter inside the spring.
Remove the radiator and timing cover. The remove the cylinder head, valves, springs, and keepers. Pull the lifters up in pairs of two and use a rubber band to secure each pair together in the raised position. After all the lifters have been secured, remove the cam bearing lock bolts (2) and them remove the camshaft from the engine. Good luck!
Old wood spring type clothes pins work
They work good, Bill, but my wife threatened me if they got oily.
Terry if you want to play it safe,buy your wife some new clothes pins.If your luck is like mine,you will have the clothes pins covered in oil in no time.
Thanks Chris, Mark and Bill.
My intention was to save a cylinder head gasket as I`m afraid I would wreck it if I pull the head.
But it is probably wise to check the valveseats anyhow.