I re-adjusted the valve lash after engine at norm operating temp.
A couple rockers were loose and couple were tight, by just a ˝ to 1 thousandths. I installed the new Beck Arnley grommets and new gasket. I like the way it fits very snuggly in the groove of the cover.
Based on andykrow’s experience with the same cam and valve lash, I did feel a better throttle response and it pulls hard from off idle through 5,000 in 1st gear. It pulls in 2nd gear but torque is less at about 4500. So far this is a torquey cam profile and doesn’t have much after 5,000 RPM. It pulls hard from about 2,000 to 3500.
The light knock is gone. The rocker tick seems a little louder than usual, but it could be that I am over analyzing.
The rock tick seems to be balanced and sounds very close the same for each cylinder. When I probe the top of the cover with my stethoscope probe, I can hear each rocker. Number 4 is still has a tad louder tick. Several lobes still have not completely shined up. I need more time on this engine.
I have an engine oil leak right at the bottom of the bell housing. Probably the rear main seal or the seal housing gasket!!!! I will need some serious psychotropic drugs and about 5 days in a padded cell if I have to drop the tranny again!!! Why would a brand new seal and gasket leak?
I’m driving it to work tomorrow.