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1937 f20 head

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05-20-2020 11:02:01

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Just got my f20 head back from the shop and in the process of attaching the valve train. Part of the train is a wick or cord that distributes oil along the train and head. It seems petrified and unable to absorb any oil. Any suggestions on a substitute or source for the real thing? Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks to all.

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05-22-2020 15:11:52

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 Re: 1937 f20 head in reply to beck55, 05-20-2020 11:02:01  
that stuff is called felt. it is the same stuff the old timers used to wear on their feet. put your felts on then had thin rubbers to put on after. you need to oil the felt before start up through the hole fill in the valve cover. if your just using a thin wick it will not hold that much oil and need to oil it more often. to lube valve guides and rockers.

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05-20-2020 22:32:55

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 Re: 1937 f20 head in reply to beck55, 05-20-2020 11:02:01  
I bought new ones from Fordson House. They are felts about 6 inches long and 1/4"square. Each tray takes two. They should fit pretty snuggly into the holes and touch the rocker shafts. 5 squirts from an oil can into each tray at the beginning of the day will keep it all lubed.

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Pete in Holland MI

05-20-2020 13:22:16

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 Re: 1937 f20 head in reply to beck55, 05-20-2020 11:02:01  
Any kind of a cotton wicking would work. Cotton close line? Kerosene lamp wicking? You need a bunch of it in the tray to hold the oil, then a portion of it to slowly drain the oil into the rockers.

Seems Rice Equipment had something too.

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05-20-2020 14:07:54

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 Re: 1937 f20 head in reply to Pete in Holland MI, 05-20-2020 13:22:16  
cotton clothes line seems like the easiest solution. Thanks for the advice!

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