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Hi Guys. Have a freshly built engine and it is pressurising the pushrod tube covers and pumping the oil out? New springs, new seals, breather timing OK, oil return OK. Slightly high oil tank pressure? Any ideas? Thanks..

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Check the breather ports on the heads. If they are not venting correctly, partially plugged, or you don't have a large enough diameter tubing for the ventilation it will cause this.

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