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Old February 26th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #4
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maybe you partially hydro locked it? you could have sucked in some water that was enough to do damage, but not enough to physically lock the motor. could be a bent valve or pushrod too. I had a 78 bronco that bent a pushrod. I was just taking off from a light one day and without even beating on it, it had one little backfire and from then on had a tick. A couple weeks later i decided to pull the valve cover off and could find nothing wrong, but a pushrod had bent. I suspect an oil deflector fell off and got stuck in the valve spring causing it to bind, then fall out and into the pan. All I know is after a new pushrod it ran like a champ again.
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