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Have a bent push rod.I replaced it but can't adjust the clearance because the travel of the push rod is more than the valve will allow.

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There is no way to repair push rods. If they are bent they need to be replaced. However, the hundred-dollar question is "Why were they bent?" The only thing that will normally bend a push rod is if the pistons hit the valves and compressed and bent the rods. If the push rods are bent, you should go the extra distance to inspect the valves/pistons for damage as well.

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bent push rods come from improper movement of the rocker and valve
This can be from an incorrect length push rod-- some v8 engines run different lengths for inlet and exhaust
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Hi, had it been sitting some time unused?
Sounds like the valves are stuck in their seats and the rods bent when the motor pushed them with the cam.
You might be lucky and the one that fell in didn't get into the works.
Make sure you fish it out before doing anything else.
I'm guessing it is the typical side valve type motor?
Remove the valve cover (I guess you have already to get the push rod out) and using some sort of lever try and move the valves up against against their springs. Don't bend them with sideways pressure though. If they're stuck some CRC / WD40/oil or similar will help to get them moving. Remove the spark plug and spray CRC etc onto the valve heads inside the cylinder.
Assuming the push rod hasn't contacted anything moving while the motor was being wound over and done more damage, you should be good to go with new push / 2nd hand push rods. Just check there is some clearance between the push rod and the valve stem when each valve is closed.

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turn the crank shaft and watch the relationship between the piston position and the cam followers. As the piston nears top dead centre you will see the exhaust cam follower start to move down and the inlet cam follower start to rise up. This will create a rocking motion of the cam followers at top dead centre. This is known as valve overlap assemble the motor in this position. Ensure the valve clearance is backed right off Turn the crank shaft one full revolution and you now have the compression stroke . This places the piston again on TDC and it is at this position you adjust the valve clearance. Check that clearance for the tappets as most engines run .010" and .012"tappet clearance. If the head is fitted last place the push rods in the cam followers if you cannot see the cam followers and it does the same job. When the top of the push rods reach the overlap situation it is just an extension of the cam followers.

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Any time a small engine is hard to pull you need to check your valve clearances. If they check out look for a bent push rod. Also check your spark plug anytime it backfires. Even if it appears to be good I would replace it since they are cheap and can go bad and not show any signs of a problem.

Finding top dead center: Remove your spark, remove your valve cover, pull over your engine slowly, watch for the intake valve to open, once it starts closing put a long screwdriver down the hole on top of the piston. As you pull your recoil rope let the screwdiver follow the piston up until you hit the highest point. At TDC you will notice that it will not move for about a 1/4" pull of the recoil rope. It may take a few attempts. And alway reverify your valve setting after making adjustments by finding TDC again and checking the clearances.

Check the valve clearances they should be .005-.007on your intake and .007-.009 on your exhaust. The intake is always closes to the carb and exhaust to the muffler. The slightest bend in a push rod will do this and is hard to detect. The best way to check them is to remove both rods and on a smooth clean surface roll them together and watch the gap between them. If they are good the gap should remain constant. If other, replace both rods since they are cheap and with one bent it's hard to tell if the other is slightly bent.

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