[Healeys] Oil Pressure and replacing the oil pump

Michael Salter michaelsalter at gmail.com
Mon Dec 30 07:19:55 MST 2019

Hi Robert, you are the second person that I have heard of who had that
problem with "cheapo repo" push rods.
It seems that those that are currently available are produced with too
small a diameter of the cup so they seize on the rocker ball and break off.
I would recommend that you inspect all the rocker ball ends carefully then
install a set of good used push rods to prevent further problems.


BTW depending upon who supplied the bad parts you may be able to recover
the costs involved.

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 12:55 AM Robert Begani, <rfbegani at gmail.com> wrote:

> When I rebuilt the engine last year I did not replace the oil pump because
> I had good oil pressure.  Currently, from time to time, while breaking in
> the engine I am driving the car round trip 20-30 miles down the Tamiami
> Trail which is an open road for that stretch..  On a recent trip, the
> weather was cool, so the oil pressure was running 35 to 40 psi while the
> engine temperature was going up to 180 at 3000 rpm.  At 4000 rpm the
> temperature climbed over 180 degrees and the oil pressure dropped below 30
> psi. .  I am considering replacing the oil pump and remember that there is
> a discussion about the quality of Moss pumps.  Maybe I should buy the
> rebuild kit and change gears?
> Oh by the way, on the last run all hell broke loose and had the car towed
> home.  Seems the mushroom on top of one of the push rods broke.  So I am
> replacing all 12 of them.
> Regards,
> Bob Begani
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