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Change a 1954 Hydraulic lifter engine to solids, is it possible ?
#1181810 Fri Sep 09 2016 03:53 PM
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An internet friend of mine has a 1954 Chevy 235 engine

from a passenger car with power glide. The engine block

# is 3835911 with a date casting of D284 , which

translates to : April 28, 1954.

His plan is to have the hydraulic camshaft reground to

1954 solid lifter specs & then run solid lifters.

Is this possible ?

Need some in depth opinions of his plan.

Thank You,
George
'54 3600


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Re: Change a 1954 Hydraulic lifter engine to solids, is it possible ?
'54 3600 #1181816 Fri Sep 09 2016 04:17 PM
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Why not just buy a new cam with the appropriate lifters? Regrinding a cam reduces the diameter of the base circle of the lobes and makes it difficult to get a good adjustment because the adjusting screws on the rocker arms have to be turned in too far. I've seen some rockers with the lock nuts on the underside to accomplish a deep enough adjustment. Changing the grind from hydraulic to solid would involve taking a lot of material off the cam lobes.

While he's at it, does he intend to install acetylene gas headlights, a magneto, and a hand crank for starting? Might as well take a giant leap backwards with the rest of the vehicle!
Jerry



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Re: Change a 1954 Hydraulic lifter engine to solids, is it possible ?
'54 3600 #1181879 Fri Sep 09 2016 09:59 PM
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It will be cheaper just to buy a new cam and a set of lifters,when I built my 235 power glide the cam was junk and I put in a new hyd cam and lifters.

Pete

Re: Change a 1954 Hydraulic lifter engine to solids, is it possible ?
'54 3600 #1181882 Fri Sep 09 2016 10:21 PM
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Why? I have over 100 thousand miles on a rebuilt '56 hydraulic.


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