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How to Adjust the Valves on a 1964 Ford Fairlane

The 1964 Ford Fairlane was equipped with hydraulic lifters and adjustable rocker arms. To avoid the risk of burnt valves, each of the engine's valves must be properly adjusted. Unlike mechanical lifters, which must be adjusted with a feeler gauge, the Fairlane's hydraulic lifters make adjusting the valves a fairly simple process involving minimal disassembly.

Tools Used: Wrench, Socket wrench, Gasket sealer, 2 valve cover gaskets

Adjust Valves

 Remove the valve cover's securing bolts with a wrench to access the rocker arms.

Start the engine and let it idle.

Loosen the nut located in the middle of the rocker arm closest to the front of the engine with a socket wrench, in a counterclockwise direction, until a clacking sound is produced.

Turn the nut located in the middle of the rocker arm closest to the front of the engine with a socket wrench, in a clockwise direction, just until the clacking sound disappears.

Turn the nut located in the middle of the rocker arm closest to the front of the engine with a socket wrench 3/4 of a turn, in a clockwise direction, to complete the adjustment for that valve.

Repeat Steps 3 through 5 for the next valve, moving from the front of the cylinder head to the valve at the back of the cylinder head.

Turn the engine off.

Apply gasket sealer to each side of a new valve cover gasket. Position the gasket onto the cylinder head, then lower the valve cover onto the gasket. Install and tighten the valve cover's securing bolts with a wrench

Repeat Steps 1 through 8 for the remaining cylinder head.

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