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Location: Shalersville, Ohio
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Pushrod in Motor - what to do?
So I was driving my '66 the other day when suddenly i lost power badly. I limped it home and pulled the valve covers to find two broken rocker studs and two broken push rods. Failed lifters? Not sure. Anyway I have all the parts sitting there ready to fix it but i only pulled 3 pieces of push rod out of the lifter valley. So a 3" long piece of broken pushrod fell into the bottom end. My guess is it is safely down at the bottom of the pan under the baffle by now but...
What should I do? I already know every one will say pull the motor. Other than that, is there a way to access the lower end safely with a magnet? I was thinking remove the timing cover and maybe fish one in through that oil pan gap where the pan meets the timing cover.
'73 455 with '76 6x heads. stock oil pan and timing cover.
You outta see her on a road course, or a quarter mile