• David Bracey
    13 May 2018 at 18:39 #52761

    I believe that each of the sanction variant engines have different length pushrods. Is that correct?

    My S3 engine has longer pushrods than a spare someone gave me but I?ve no idea which sanction it fits.

    Does anyone have information of what length suits each engine? I?m interested in getting some made.


    Bill LG45
    14 May 2018 at 13:09 #52762

    Hi David
    Sanction 3 push rods are longer and are also of smaller diameter, only clearing the head by a small amount.
    A Sanction 3 head with integral inlet tract is deeper than the earlier sanctions which I imagine is the main reason for the difference but the crankcase was also modified / stiffened and has larger studs securing the block to the crankcase so there may be some differences in dimensions there too but I believe it is mainly the depth of the head.

    David Bracey
    18 May 2018 at 18:48 #52767

    Thanks Bill.

    I now have a sample of both lengths of pushrods so will draw them up properly so that we?ve records. I?ll get prices and then they should be available through the club.


    David Bracey
    23 June 2018 at 21:39 #52829

    The later pushrods are not only longer and have thinner tubes but the ends are swagged to fit the machined ball and cup ends. These reduced diameter swagged ends seem to be a weakness to me.

    Is there any reason why the tubes can?t stay the same diameter along their whole length and the machined ends simply insert as an interference fit?

    There?s no clearance issues as far as I can see.

    24 June 2018 at 09:02 #52830

    Why oil into the pushrod tube? The lower end should already be well lubricated. Also, oil in the tube would add weight, not ideal.

    Regarding the tube construction, good point, but if the later pushrods are reliable in service, perhaps simply evidence of ongoing improvement/development of the Meadows engine. Sometimes “improvements” are however cost-related, to the detriment of reliability!

    Colin M34
    24 June 2018 at 11:21 #52831

    I agree with Laurence,

    Back in the dim and distant days of doing my engineering degree we were taught that reciprocating masses need to be as light as possible, especially on valve gear. So perhaps these were results of ongoing improvement on the Sanction 3 Meadows engine by Harry Westlake.

    This worthy pushrod engine was superseded by the V12 which of course is an OHC engine.

    David Bracey
    24 June 2018 at 19:41 #52832

    I?m not sure the later pushrods are reliable in service. One of mine bent at the point where the tube diameter reduces. David Hine tells me that the longer pushrods reliably bend if the engine is taken to 4,500rpm too quickly.

    25 June 2018 at 10:00 #52833

    I wondered if that was what you intended. The guiding factor would presumably be whether there is excessive wear otherwise occuring to the lower end of the pushrod and/or tappet. In service these areas are normally fairly flooded with oil. Drilling the upper pushrod cup could be detrimental: the cup would be an oil reservoir; drilling it would transform it into an oil drain, possibly to the detriment of the ball and cup bearing surfaces. More care, thought and science went into the design of engine components in period than we appreciate today. That doesn’t mean they always got it right, though!

    My LG6 has an S4 engine; no pushrod trouble so far, but then I’ve rarely approached max. revs. Did once get it up to 105mph on the original 3.58 cwp, which must have been thereabouts. Doubtless the fastest the car had ever gone, given the wind resistance presented by its original saloon body. Higher revs in the lower gears appears to be pointless performancewise, the complete opposite to driving the V12.


    Julian Messent
    2 August 2018 at 10:46 #52845

    Agree with the above

    Never ever seen a pushrod problem on a Meadows 4.5 that can be blamed on pushrod design.
    Rockers seized, coil bind of the valve springs, collets hitting guides, pushrods hitting castings or head gasket etc will all caused pushrod issues, but pushrods themselves are immensely strong.
    No other engine that I know uses anything even close.
    Why ?improve?
    And certainly not by drilling oil holes thus allowing to fill with oil.
    On many American v8 race engines you actually close these holes.

    Hope this helps.

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