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tomorrow I want to put the lifters in,the service manual says to put heavy oil on the bottoms of them.
they are soaking, and since it's going to be months yet before im ready to start it, is it okay to put greese on the bottoms of the lifters?
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tomorrow I want to put the lifters in,the service manual says to put heavy oil on the bottoms of them.
they are soaking, and since it's going to be months yet before im ready to start it, is it okay to put greese on the bottoms of the lifters?
thanks as always
yes. i do and i have never had a cam problem.
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Rather than some "generic" grease, use a moly-graphite assembly lube. It's a dark gray "paste" and stays on the lifters for a LONG time (years).

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Yes. Do NOT use "white lithium" grease. Over time, It turns into cement. I've seen one ongine that was overhauled and "put up" (for years, though), and it siezed up during it's storage. The differential thrust washers in my '15 Ford were "prepped" with white lithium grease and the car was stored for years. I bought it, and when I got it on the road, promptly had a rear thrust bearing failure. I still have the bearing...it's like it's caked in concrete. Cam lube is your friend!
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As an aside... When you're ready to fire her up, make sure to use an oil high in ZDDP (a zinc additive) to do your cam break-in. I used Rotela on my last one. ZDDP and a proper break-in on your cam and you should be worry free!

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