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I pulled the heads off the crate engine today and found remnants of the what I think are the umbrella seals laying in the heads. They are little springs about 1-1/4 lg and maybe .040 in dia. Just like I read in some of the forums these engines had valvetrain clearance issues with the L-82 cam and crushed the valve seals. Need some advice on how to proceed. Since I found 2 of these so far plus chunks of plastic which I am guessing is the rest of the seal that got smashed should I drop the pan on the engine or what would be the best thing to do. I am worried that this junk is going to be moving around the engine tearing things up once I get the new heads on the car.

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Drop the pan. Clean and check
Also drop oil pump & pickup, disassemble and inspect.

Heads take to machine shop, have valve guides cut for more lift clearance.

Other than gaskets and work. A small machine shop bill. This is a easy fix.

Al
 
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