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The final picture (unless you help me check valve lash each week!) shows the 1.6 Jesel's installed and ready to go racing. The attention to detail and top flite hardware is evident. The hollow adjusters are drilled with a small bleed hole to supply oil to the top of the pushrod and adjuster ball.


f you are a racer or have a hobby you are passionate about, then you are aware of items you can buy that promise better durability, better performance and in most cases “more bang for your buck.” Not all of you are familiar with big block Mopars, but you are probably aware of certain “weak links” in your engine combination. The big block Mopars have an inherent problem in the rocker arm, rocker arm shaft and pushrod oiling area. Big block Chevrolets suffered from weak castings in OEM blocks when more horsepower was added. The aftermarket industry usually responds with parts that help solve the problems if there is enough demand to justify the costs of designing a cure for these “weak links.”

Since I have been racing big block Mopars for over 25 years, I have found some of these “weak links” that are inherent to the 383-440” Mopars. About the only problem I have ever had with my Mopars is in the vale train area. I have tried every brand of aluminum and ductile iron rocker arm there is. They work OK but they all use the stock shaft size and stock pedestals that are cast into all big block Mopar cylinder heads. This is the main source of the problem, as the shaft diameter limits the thickness of the rocker arm near the inside edge of the valve spring retainer.

The finished Jesel Rocker Arm System, Comp Cam springs and retainers all set to go racing. The adjuster stud is drilled with a small hole (about .060") to let oil from the spray bars run down on the tip of the pushrod.


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