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Engine grease-lifters
#1409589 Tue May 11 2021 11:48 PM
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I’m just curious what you smart guys use to grease your lifters with. I read assembly grease, but when I websearch that, Red high pressure grease pops up. Just curious as I’m ready to put lifters in!

Chris

Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409590 Wed May 12 2021 12:05 AM
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Hi Chris,
I've been using Permatex Ultra Slick, but I'll bet you a dozen doughnuts somebody is going to appear in 10, 9, 8, 7...seconds to tell you that you need some Brad Pitt Ultra something or the other. Before I used Ultra Slick, I always used Lubriplate. And I used that since the late 70s.


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Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409593 Wed May 12 2021 12:12 AM
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I went to my FLAPS and told them I wanted assembly lube and came home with a tube of while lithium assembly lube. Cheap and worked well.


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Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409594 Wed May 12 2021 12:32 AM
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Lubriplate white grease works, but I'm partial to Clevite or Sealed Power engine assembly lube. It resembles thick motor oil, but it strings out when rubbed between fingertips sort of like it's got something like STP in it. DO NOT use STP as an assembly lube- - - - - -the only engines I've ever had oil-related failures on were assembled with that stuff! I've also had good luck using hypoid-rated rear axle lube for engine assembly. It's got the high pressure additives the cam and lifters need to avoid scuffing on run-in.

Search Ebay for "engine assembly lube"- - - - -there's 9 pages of the stuff, 50 items to each page!
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Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409600 Wed May 12 2021 12:49 AM
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I see stuff saying assembly lube and assembly grease. I assume they are different.

Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409603 Wed May 12 2021 12:57 AM
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I think a separate market has evolved, Chris. Lubriplate white grease has some special stuff in it...possibly contains lithium or other similar ingredients. The red Permatex stuff as Jerry says will make strings between your thumb and other fingers when you're using it. It looks like snow-cone cherry syrup. In the late 70s, if you didn't use Lubriplate...well, there weren't a lot of better alternatives (or at least most people thought). Anything that will keep your cam and lifters from having trouble. Which isn't nearly as likely as if you were building up a hot 427 or something. There just isn't enough spring pressure to make too much trouble.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
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Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409614 Wed May 12 2021 02:36 AM
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I like the red stringy assembly lube. When you put some on the bottom of the lifter, it sticks up pretty high and doesn't run off even when you turn it upside down to drop it down into the hole.

Re: Engine grease-lifters
ndkid275 #1409649 Wed May 12 2021 01:45 PM
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What you use depends on how long the engine will set before you start it. The liquid assembly lube is really good stuff, but will run off over time. It will leave a coating behind but most of it will be in the oil pan in a week if you wait to long to start it. This is assembly grease, http://www.cam-shield.com/acatalog/CamShaft_Assembly_Paste.html , black moly with ZDDP additives. It will not run off, but like all other assembly lubes, it will get wiped off if you rotate the engine enough. White assembly grease will also hang on, but it doesn't have the ZDDP the grease does. For stock valve springs and camshafts, white grease should be fine. I also like REDLINE assembly lube, https://www.redlineoil.com/assembly-lube. I have used all the above and have had good luck with them. I like the black grease on cams, the Redline on the valve train, and white grease on bearings, I also use break-in oil from PennGrade oils. When building customers engines, I don't like warranty work so I do everything I can to break them in right.

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ndkid275 #1409654 Wed May 12 2021 02:00 PM
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ndkid275 If you beiieve in ZDDP you could use that,on an 800 lb. open valve roller we just use white lithium it looks the same each year I see it !!

Re: Engine grease-lifters
Jon G #1409655 Wed May 12 2021 02:06 PM
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JonG In the 70's got EOS from Chevy engine oil supplement never lost a cam with that !

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