Flathead Valve Removal - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Flathead Valve Removal

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-11-2004, 07:36 PM
dmptrkr dmptrkr is offline
Senior User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Albany NY
Posts: 298
dmptrkr is starting off with a positive reputation.
Flathead Valve Removal

I just finished my first "tech article" for my web site. I thought I would try posting it here to see if I can do that and see what you think. I've been wanting to show you this tool for some time now.


<img src="http://www.clubfte.com/users/dmptrkr/valvetool1.jpg" hspace="100" vspace="20"/>
<p>Anyone who has disassembled the valve train of a flathead engine knows the valves don't come out like they tell you in the shop manual. You pretty much always need to get the keepers off the valve while its still in the engine. Then you can work the valve out. With the valve out you can pound on the valve guide working it down to remove the clip. Then you pull the valve guide out usually with a slide hammer.</p><img src="http://www.clubfte.com/users/dmptrkr/valvetool2.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" /> <p>Compressing the valve springs with a pry bar tool leaves only one hand free to remove the valve keepers. Serious damage can be done to the fingers when the pry bar tool slips. After doing serious damage a couple of times I started thinking about a better tool. I found a couple cheap 5/8 inch wrenches and needle nosed visegrip pliers and well, you see what I did. I ground the wrenches to make them thin and contoured to fit the valve springs. I ground the lower one a little wider so the keepers would easily pass through. Using a tack and trial procedure I welded the wrenches to the visegrip at just the right angle to fit the springs. The forged Cr-Vd tool steel welded a bit "funny" but I managed with my mig welder and CO2-Ar shielding gas. Stick welding with the right rod might be a better way to go but my shop doesn't have a stick welder.</p> <p>This tool worked out great. Once I had the keepers off I could work the valve through the guide. With the valve out of the way I used a piece of copper pipe to punch down the guide and remove the retainer clip. I rigged my slide hammer with a piece of threaded rod and attached it to the valve guides with brass washers and nuts to pull them out. In most cases I had to alternate between the copper pipe and slide hammer to work the guide loose enough to remove. Penetrating oil and patience were helpful. I had to replace my exhaust valve guides since the bores were worn. All other parts I found in good enough condition to reuse. When it came time to reassemble the valves I used my compact spring compressing tool again.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2004, 07:16 AM
petejoe petejoe is offline
New User
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 5
petejoe is starting off with a positive reputation.
What a great and creative approach to removing valves. You know sometimes the best tools are the homemade ones. I think you should start marketing these things. . Thanks for posting.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2004, 10:46 AM
sosotwo's Avatar
sosotwo sosotwo is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 207
sosotwo is starting off with a positive reputation.
tool for valve work

looks like your compressor will work great.
I my self have done a lot of flathead work and found a need for good way to remove valves.
after tring several differnt tools for this (and loosing two finger prints), I picked up this gem at a yard sale .
the pics are in my gallery
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
valve stem seals replacement mig25 Escape & Escape Hybrid 0 03-10-2015 05:20 PM
GUIDE: How to remove the Water Pump in a 1990-1997 4.0L OHV V6 Ford Aerostar Lee Binder Aerostar 5 02-19-2014 02:28 PM
Ford 337 Valve removal hlmags13 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 4 07-29-2013 11:30 AM
FlatHead Valve Spring Remover jreilly57 1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 4 08-27-2008 12:39 PM
Chevy valves 2speed Flathead V8 & Flathead 6 2 12-19-2002 10:29 PM

Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > >

36, engines, flat, flathead, ford, head, motor, pulling, removal, remove, sites, spring, tech, tool, tools, valve, valves

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:57 AM.