Hey guys, I've already adjusted my valves using the method I'm going to explain, or I'm sure some of you have already heard of it, but I was just curious why it works the way it does? I don't know a ton of stuff about engines and I recently rebuilt my first 350 over the summer with the help of a friend, I guess I just want to leanr more about this kind of thing anyways here's the method I used:
First I wrote the firing order out like this on a piece of paper so I wouldn't confuse myself
Then, I pulled the plugs out to make rotating the engine by hand easier, and I rotated it till i saw the #1 valves "rocking", I then adjusted both intake and exhaust for the #6 cylinder.
Next, I watched the #8 valves and I think it was about a 45deg. rotation until you saw those valves "rocking", I then adjusted both valves for the #5 cylinder.
I went all the way through the firing order until I was back at #1, after the #3 cylinder was adjusted (when #2 valves were rocking) one more rotation of 45deg. should bring you back to the #1 cylinder which in all makes 360deg. rotation.
By the way, while adjusting the valves, one hand tightened the rocker nut while my thumb and index finger on the other hand rotated the rod till I noticed it get harder to rotate, I then tightened the nut 1/2 turn.
I'm just wondering why this method works the way it does? For example, what's going on with the #6 cylinder when the #1 valves are rocking? I'd just like to gain more of an understanding of all this, I hope someone can help! Thanks!