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Old 09-29-2019, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default 8BA stock lifters

Iím on the lookout in the UK for a set of stock lightweight lifters for an 8BA.
As a back up plan, who makes/supplies good quality new ones?
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:31 AM   #2
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Default Re: 8BA stock lifters

I got an NOS set from "SouthSide Obsolete" ("barnfind08" on here) a couple of years ago.
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:43 AM   #3
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I got an NOS set from "SouthSide Obsolete" ("barnfind08" on here) a couple of years ago.
Thanks Tubman, Iíll drop him a pm
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: 8BA stock lifters

This company advertises USA made lifters:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-8BA-59...-/382492499859
Don't know anything about them/never used them.



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Old 09-29-2019, 10:37 AM   #5
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Default Re: 8BA stock lifters

Those would be adjustable types. Ford never used the adjustable type in production. Folks out in the field liked the adjustables so a lot of NOS original non adjustables set on the parts shelves for many years. They still show up on flea-pay now and then.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:02 AM   #6
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Those would be adjustable types. Ford never used the adjustable type in production. Folks out in the field liked the adjustables so a lot of NOS original non adjustables set on the parts shelves for many years. They still show up on flea-pay now and then.

That is true but the flea bay ones in that link are current production at topline. Look at the packaging.


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Old 09-29-2019, 11:26 AM   #7
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Default Re: 8BA stock lifters

How risky would it be to install previously used Ford OEM non-adjustable hollow lifters?

Is there a way of telling if they are too worn out to keep using?

Should they be flat across the bottom, concave or convex?

Can they be used ONLY with the original Ford cam that came with the engine at time of original factory engine assembly?

Or, can used lifters be used with another used cam?

Just curious.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:52 AM   #8
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Ford lifters should be flat.
If you surface the lifters they can be reused on a new cam as long as they arenīt worn to the point they are loosing their strength...or get to short from adjustment point of view...
I probably have a set of lifters here in Sweden.
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Old 09-29-2019, 12:01 PM   #9
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Don't forget, they come in two lengths. the mid 51 Tru 53 are longer
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Old 09-29-2019, 02:21 PM   #10
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The stock lifter is convex on the base. A used lifter can often be resurfaced and provide a new lifetime of service.
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Old 09-29-2019, 03:29 PM   #11
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How risky would it be to install previously used Ford OEM non-adjustable hollow lifters?

Is there a way of telling if they are too worn out to keep using?

Should they be flat across the bottom, concave or convex?

Can they be used ONLY with the original Ford cam that came with the engine at time of original factory engine assembly?

Or, can used lifters be used with another used cam?

Just curious.
1- You should NOT reuse old lifters. Some people have gotten away with it but
it is a recipe for disaster.
2- See #1.
3- They should be convex. Originals were spherical. Modern ones are tapered.
The cam lobe is tapered to match. This is to make the lifter rotate for
minimum wear.
4- After reconditioning, they can be used anywhere but should NOT be used on a used cam.
5- See #1.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:04 AM   #12
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Default Re: 8BA stock lifters

Thank you all for the very helpful replies. Bottom line is don't use used lifters.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:11 AM   #13
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1- You should NOT reuse old lifters. Some people have gotten away with it but
it is a recipe for disaster.
2- See #1.
3- They should be convex. Originals were spherical. Modern ones are tapered.
The cam lobe is tapered to match. This is to make the lifter rotate for
minimum wear.
4- After reconditioning, they can be used anywhere but should NOT be used on a used cam.
5- See #1.
Not to hijack this thread, but I'm curious. What's the issue with using resurfaced or even new lifters on a used cam?
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:17 AM   #14
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It's not a good idea, However, I've done it many timesand so far got away f\with it. I only us 45/50 Lbs of spring pressure and these are street d riven engines. But it's a crap shoot!!!
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:30 AM   #15
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Is the 239 V8 flat head a better performer than 255 CID
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:43 AM   #16
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Is the 239 V8 flat head a better performer than 255 CID
For just abut everything we use these cars for, "NO". The only place they may have an edge is fuel economy, which would be so small you probably wouldn't be able to detect it.
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Old 09-30-2019, 12:26 PM   #17
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The 255 would have more torque which is good for a street engine.
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