Special tools for adjusting valve lash??

Discussion in '308/328' started by AZDoug, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. AZDoug

    AZDoug Formula 3

    Jun 17, 2009
    Along the Verde , AZ
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    Once my back is better and I can deal with checking lash,

    what tools are needed that are special?

    I see from my manual, they show drawings of a curved spring compressor lever and a shim plucking tool.

    Is that what you guys use? Or something else? Where obtained?

    What about shim sets? Are shim packs available, or what do you do when lash is in need to adjustment, check lash and order individual shims?

    Thanks again,
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  3. jimshadow

    jimshadow F1 Rookie
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    Feb 19, 2006
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    The tool can be obtained from Rutlands. Its very easy to use. Shim sets are frequently on Ebay, though I got the ones I needed from a local shop who has a bunch on hand. Search the archives for the cross reference on the shims. (I think you can use Volvo shims, but don't quote me....) I checked each shim and ordered the ones that I needed.


  4. Irishman

    Irishman F1 Rookie

    Oct 13, 2005
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    I have a 2V carb car and got my shims from the local Volvo dealer. They were compatible with the 240/360/740 gas cars.

    I measured first then pulled the cams which meant I didn't need a special tool. Plus, it was then very easy to replace the cam seals, too.
  5. f308jack

    f308jack F1 Rookie

    Jun 7, 2007
    Cape Town, South Afr
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    Jack Verschuur
    If you are friendly with the Volvo dealer, they also had very handy tools for this purpose in the days. I've been thinking of trying to locate one of these, I like it better than the Ferrari-tool, but haven't had access to one to try and see if there is space on the F-car.
    It is a clamp that goes around the camshaft, and winding it down it presses the bucket/follower down on both sides, leaving space to take the rhim out. There was a handy stepped pair of pliers for that from Volvo as well.
  6. FF8929

    FF8929 Formula Junior

    Apr 12, 2008
    Livonia, Michigan
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    Fred Flynn
    Dennis McCann, also has the shims.
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  8. fdekeu

    fdekeu Formula Junior
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    Jun 19, 2008
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    2V engines: Shim OD 33mm
    4V engines: Shim OD 29mm
    Thickness 3,75 to 4,15mm
    I buy the ones I need in a local shop
  9. md88plt

    md88plt Karting

    Mar 4, 2008
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    vick auto sports sells the shims at 2.50 plus shipping

    5200 Vesta Farley Road
    Fort Worth, TX 76119

    Phone: 817-572-7793
    Fax: 817-483-1104
    Toll-free: 800-466-3428
  10. dave80gtsi

    dave80gtsi Formula 3
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    Nov 3, 2003
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    Dave Meredith
    The last time that I adjusted my valves, I used a pair of screw drivers, one used to compress the valve and another, turned sideways at the edge of the bucket, to hold it down once compressed.

    Sounds a bit crude as I type this, but it worked far better for me than did several of the different "official" tools in my collection for this operation.

    And, just in case anyone was unaware of this, the 2 valve shims used in 308's are the same as used in Fiats of that era.

    The reference to Vicks above is because this firm is a Fiat parts vendor.

    There are other, similar, Fiat vendors who also sell these shims dirt cheap.

    Cheers - DM
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  12. fgcfire8

    fgcfire8 Formula Junior

    Jan 19, 2008
    Montpelier Va
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    Frank Castelvecchi
    Fiat x1/9 and 124 shims are the same as the volvo 240 shims
  13. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2003
    North shore, MA
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    THE Birdman
    If you watch ebay, valve shim kits pop up from time to time. I got a complete 2 valve 308 shim kit for like $100 a couple years ago.
  14. f308jack

    f308jack F1 Rookie

    Jun 7, 2007
    Cape Town, South Afr
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    Jack Verschuur
    Often you can move shims around between valves, and just need to buy a few. It's of course ideal to build a small collection:)

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