The Reason This All Started
My car, a 1960 Falcon, was burning oil. I checked my oil for glitter; I replaced my PCV valve; I performed wet and dry compression tests; I performed a leak down test. All these tests pointed to a strong engine. The Falcon burned oil. The only thing left was my valve stem seals.
I do not have a compressor big enough to get a valve seal replaced before dropping a valve. So, I decided to take the head off to replace the valve seals. I am glad I did.
This engine has had many hands in it over the years. I'm pretty sure the valve seals are a couple decades old. I have been informed by past mechanics that the valve train parts were incorrect. Apparently, they never got it right. My valve stem retainers left a burr on some of the valves. I also noticed a little play in the first valve guide. I am not sure what the tolerance on valve guides is, but I do not have the tools to replace a valve guide. So, I decided to take this head to an automotive machinist.
Here are some some photos of the tear down.
A few of the valve stems have this galling on them. They must have lost oil at some point????