Help! Remember Mr. Potato Head? Well, I’m Mr. CS head, and I have some sad news.
There’s a lot of articles out of date at utterpower. They are left in place to let you know where we’ve been.. One article that is a little bit troublesome in the article called Listeroid Longevity on my CD, it’s the better part of a 100 pages long, and buried within are a few tools we made in the very early days. The Golighty Tappet Jack was one, and named after the gifted DIYer Ralph Golighty who made it for our community.
The tappet jack was a collar that was tightened around the top of a tappet guide, and it had two jacking screws that allowed a user to jack out a tight-fitting guide. Later we found out that the Indians don’t care about the diminisions that our jack worked off of, and soon we got several complaints that the jack was just too darned big to grab hold of the tappet guide! What to do? discontinue the tappet jack. Yes, the indians cut this diminsion based on how they feel that day..
But.. a decision was made to leave the information in the article, and a picture of it.. I felt that a person than came across a really tight fit (pounded in) could copy our jack if nothing else.
Fact is, most tappets are not as tight as what we saw years ago, but every engine is different, so who knows what you’ll see, we just know that our jack was a disappointment for the reason mentioned.
So it is my hope that people will read this, and know the history of the tappet jack and why we quit making it..