Long Block to Short Block

Here's the engine on the stand ready for more disassembly (you'll note I set up a little work area!):

Long block on the engine stand


A long block assembly is an engine that is complete up to the heads, but with no accessories installed.

Closeup of cylinder head


After removing the valve cover and the retaining wire "bale", you can see the valve train. The pushrods push on the bottoms of the rocker arms and the tops of the rockers push against the valves, opening them to let fuel and air in or to let exhaust out.

Valve cover off - looking at rockers


Once the rocker assemblies are off, the pushrods are much more visible:

Rockers off, pushrods visible


Now, the pushrods are pulled out of the pushrod tubes:

Removing pushrod


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