The tappet guide block houses the tappets, or cam followers, and is pressed into the cylinder block in both the intake and exhaust positions. Precise alignment is necessary to ensure the pushrods properly engage with the radiused ends of the tappet stems. This is the early guide block, as fitted to some pre-unit 5T and T100 models, as well as all 650 models through 1965.
The cast iron guide block is manufactured to original specifications in the UK by LF Harris. The O.D. measures .930″ where the pushrod tube fits over the top of the block. Shoulder thickness is .125″, and the O.D. of the bottom of the guide block is .985″. There is no provision for an o-ring under the shoulder or an oilway on the early-style guide block.
Lubrication to the tappet stems is provided by drillings that pass through the block longitudinally, allowing oil to drain down the pushrod tube from the rocker box. The tappets are a sliding fit in the guide block bores and if the tappet stems or bores in the guide block become worn excessively, mechanical clatter may result.
The guide block is an interference fit into the bore of the cylinder barrel. A special drift is used to set the block into its bore. It is advisable to freeze the guide block for several hours and to heat the bore surround under the cylinder barrel flange prior to fitting the block. It’s critical that the locking bolt hole in the guide block is in perfect alignment with the threaded hole in the cylinder flange. Installation of the guide block requires precision and skill and may be best left to a professional mechanic or machinist.
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