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post Mar 21 2012, 11:05 AM
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One of my valve retainers broke and a piece end up in the oil pump causing failure. We have the motor apart and every thing is savable. The heads seem fine and had extensive mods. The machinist says I should replace the retainer with another titanium one because That's how the system was designed. Camshaft, springs etc. The problem is there are no retainers available.

This appears to be a pretty nice motor, counterbalanced crank, big rods, 1o.5-1 pistons etc.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
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post May 23 2012, 03:36 AM
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I could be wrong, but our heads do not come with titanium retainers. Also, if one of your retainers broke, I believe that would of caused severe head damage? Not sure Mr. Machinists should be saying your good to go... I'll be the first to admit I could be incorrect, hopefully this post will bump ya up to the top and get more experienced guys to give advice and info.
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post May 24 2012, 12:19 PM
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Titanium retainers are available. Crower makes them for one. We just installed a set in an engine we built recently.
You will need to make sure the spring installed height is the same with the replacement retainer.
Aircooled.net might have Ti retainers.
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post Oct 10 2012, 05:42 AM
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I have a set fitted, after my brother took the car for a ride, missed a shift and dumped a vlv! I am not sure were the mechanic got them but they are sweet. I also have Ti retainer fitted to my big block 'vette. It is worth it!
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post Oct 30 2012, 10:45 AM
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Valve keepers are so small that it doesn't seen that losing that little weight would matter. Now, if you changed to titanium valves then you would be saving great weight. A friend at work used to CNC machine the head casting and titaniun valves for champ drag racer Warren Johnson and said the light valves made a great difference.
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