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#1331117 Fri Oct 25 2019 01:37 AM
Joined: Oct 2019
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Ford351 Offline OP
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Hi all my first post and my first Stovebolt 48 gmc firetruck with a 270 I know this from the only number on the boss is 270 and by measuring the bore. Tuck has been sitting 20 + Years couldn’t get it to start After a compression test I found low compression to be the culprit. #2&4 has 0 the rest had 30. Removed the head found the seats to be pounded and rusted out. Sending head in for a complete rebuild. Upon inspection of the engine #4 cylinder had a small patch of rust. A ball hone was used on the top 3/4 of the cylinder and it came out pretty good. Now the only other issue is I have 3 lifters with some galling on the cam face Dose any body know where I can get three new lifters? Thanks and I can’t wait to hear from you guys

Ford351 #1331126 Fri Oct 25 2019 03:11 AM
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If you find ( 3 ) new lifters .

Do you think that will fix the damaged cam lobes ?

Sounds to me like you need to get the camshaft reground

and the lifters refaced if that's even possible .

Usually galling goes deeper than refacing can fix .

You can bet the cam lobes are damaged if the face of the lifters are galled .


'54 3600

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Ford351 #1331194 Fri Oct 25 2019 06:59 PM
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There is a new GMC camshaft on Ebay for $270.00. The same "milk can" solid lifters that work on 216's and 235's also fit GMC inline six engines of all sizes. Those are available on Ebay also. If any of your lifters are junk, so is the cam.

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Ford351 #1331212 Fri Oct 25 2019 09:30 PM
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Delta cams in the Seattle area does cams and lifters, too.


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
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Ford351 #1331224 Fri Oct 25 2019 11:43 PM
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They do nice work (Delta) and can recondition the lifters if I they are in ok condition. Ask for a mild 3/4 cam grind. Might as well inspect bearings.

Ford351 #1331287 Sat Oct 26 2019 02:10 PM
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I just read a few very negative posts about Delta cams

on the internet . They seem to have a problem of losing

camshafts on customers .

I'd try , Oregon Cams

You'll need a full set of ( 12 ) " Chilled Iron Base " Lifters for


No other look a likes will be metal to metal compatible .

Stay away from any recently made lifters or made in china junk .

On ebay , there's a full set of aftermarket lifters made way back when .

They are made in the USA by a very good quality aftermarket company ' Wohlert's ' .

They are old time aftermarket lifter replacements for the original GMC

" Chilled Iron Based "....Lifters......GMC # 2194006 .

Go to ebay & type in the search box..........2194006

A set of Wohlert's lifters will show up @ $150.00 for the set of ( 12 ) .


Then you can send your cam out to be reground .

If you are serious about getting your engine running again . I would not pass up the chance to get

these old time scarce lifters .

These " Chilled Iron Base " lifters CANNOT be used with any cast camshaft .

'54 3600

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1954 3600
Ford351 #1331288 Sat Oct 26 2019 02:28 PM
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I have been using them for close to forty years, they are about 10 miles from me. I just had them ground a 261 cam for me and surface all my solid lifters, cost me $150. Be very careful on how you read the nay sayers on the internet. These guys have been in business doing good work all across america for at least 1/2 century. They know their stuff and I have 100% confidence in them. About 5 years ago, they moved their operation down the street 4 blocks. They had a lot to move and many cores and machines, sure I bet a few things got misplaced. If you are that worried, send your stuff to me and I'll personally take care of it. I live in the pacific northwest and never heard of Oregon Cams.


Last edited by sstock; Sat Oct 26 2019 02:30 PM.

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