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    bent push rods

     



    hi
    Have a 72 GMC stepside with a 402, TH400.
    drove home and ran like crap. bought it that way.
    did comp ck- # 5-6-7 at 25 lbs. pulled valve covers and all intake valve push rods on those cyl. bent. some rockers were sideways. I know I have to pull heads but does anyone have any ideas. don't know if pistons scarred and if valves bent yet.
    thanks for help

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    Sounds to me like the PO foated the valves in a "high RPM excursion". Pulling the heads to assess the damage is about your only option, seems to me.
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    Last time I saw bent/broken push rods it was a wiped cam. But it wasn't all of them at once.

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    With 25 psi compression, I would say that your chances of undamaged valves are pretty near zero. Good luck.
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    Not to mention that those things (early 396/402, as well as other early Rat motors) kind'a like to eat cams if they were not treated just right. If you find that you need to replace the cam, a highly likely situation, consider going with a roller lifter cam and conversion parts, it will live a lot longer next time if you do that.

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    Back in Bus. came back the day after he posted, saw one reply and hasn't logged on since. I hope he's maybe checking in as a guest and will come back and tell us what he found, assuming he's pulled it apart in the past 4 months....
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    Huh; yeah, Roger, he's long gone. I didn't look at the date of the original post.

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