[TR] Will a 'out-of-spot' tappet necessarily be higher, like this?

Paul Dorsey dorpaul1 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 11:01:20 MDT 2018

I wonder if a magnet at the end of one of those wands would reposition it?
Is there any danger that something will topple or get misaligned?

On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 12:24 PM Rye Livingston <ryel at mac.com> wrote:

> You don't want to force anything, meaning don't try to tap it down into
> place.
> As Bill said, the easiest is to pull the head.  Keep in mind if you do
> that you need to use a new head gasket when re-installing the head and go
> through proper torque procedures, all of which is easy to do, just make
> sure you do it.
> As I was in your situation once, I'd take more time, and maybe a lot more
> time, and take a flashlight and peak down the holes that have the tappets
> in place so you know what it looks like, and then look down the one you're
> dealing with, and with a long screwdriver try to coax that tappet back into
> position.  If it's got plenty of oil on it, once it's aligned it should
> sink down in place with little to no pushing from you.
> Also, as someone else said, check to see if you have a local Triumph
> Club.  If you do, join it, and I'm sure there would be some members who
> would love to come over and help you out.  It's what we do!  :-)
> Good luck,
> Rye Livingston
> Activities Chairman
> Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club
> Celebrating our 60 Year Anniversary
> 1960 TR3A
> PH: 530-FIND-RYE
> On Sep 29, 2018, at 12:50 PM, Paul Dorsey <dorpaul1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I received my new pushrod from Moss last night and was impressed, it looks
> the same length as stock, but was slightly heavier by weight.  Others had
> forewarned that it might be chinese, and it could still be, although I
> don't know what would ever tell me if that were an issue.
> Right now, my emphasis is on getting the thing running. something it
> hasn't done in years. I remember saying that I had seen one pushrod in
> particular had non-concentric circles appearing down the pushrod tubes  and
> I surmised that this must be what everyone informed me must be an out of
> spot tappet that I had been warned about. Trouble is: I forgot to write
> down which one of the eight pushrod tubes that I had seen it in.
> I also might have worked that tappet over and in-line with the tube such
> that it now has the proper concentric circles.  On thing I do know for
> sure, is that one particular tappet causes it's pushrod to set a couple of
> inches higher ( as shown in the pic).  How do I get that tappet down? I
> slightly hit it's pushrod with my palm, but it would not drop down.  I do
> have an extra pushrod if others think I ought to tap it down using a
> pushrod,  Heck, I proably could use the old bent pushrod which I have now
> replaced, to tap it in place.  I just don't want to attempt this unless
> others give me a green light.
> Thanks, Paul Dorsey  aka RUSTY ACRES
> Paul Dorsey <dorpaul1 at gmail.com>
> 1:32 PM (1 hour ago)
> to me
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