Grinding Valve Faces And Seats

Valve seat grinding tools and fixtures are available commercially. Grind and seat each valve in same port from which it was disassembled.

Valve face angle is 45° for both intake and exhaust valves, and valve refacing grinder must be adjusted exactly to this angle. It is important to not remove any more metal than is necessary to clean up and true valve face. If grinding leaves the edge of valve very thin or sharp, install a new valve. A valve in this condition does not seat normally, will burn easily and may cause pre-ignition. There is also danger of cracking. Valves that do not clean up quickly are probably warped or too deeply pitted to be used. If end of valve stem shows uneven wear, true end of stem on a valve refacing grinder equipped with suitable attachment.

Standard intake and exhaust valves are made of different materials and must not be interchanged on

1965 and earlier models. Intake valves are marked "IN" on head; exhaust valves are marked "EX"

1966 models have larger intake valve and cannot be interchanged.


If valve faces and seats have been smoothly and accurately refaced, very little lapping will be required to complete seating operation. Apply a light coat of fine lapping compound to valve face, insert valve in guide and give it a few oscillations with Valve Grinding Tool, Part No. 96550-36. Lift valve and rotate it about 1/3 of a turn. Repeat lapping procedure as shown in Fig. 3B-4. After full turn, remove valve, wash valve face and seat, and dry with cloth that is immediately discarded so grinding compound, cannot be transferred to engine parts. If inspection shows an unbroken lapped finish of uniform width around both valve and seat, valve is well seated. If lapped finish is not complete, further lapping, or grinding and lapping is necessary.

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