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I'm currently in the process of completely going through and cleaning out the oiling system in my 52 Special with a 263 straight 8. I need to buy a set of 16 hydraulic lifters. I've been shopping around and have found a major difference in prices from place to place and I don't know why that is. The cheapest I've found are on EBAY from a vendor called Falcon Global and they are $256. CARS has them for $440. Bobs has them for $359. There were a few more on ebay for different prices somewhere in the low range of these numbers including a NOS set. Anybody have any advice on which place I should go with and why? Does the old saying "you get what you pay for" apply here? Lifters are a pretty simple device so would I be ok with the cheaper ones?

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I got mine from Egge, but I forgot how much I paid for them...they were a lot though. Some advice...even though they're new, I'd disassemble and clean them. I still have one that's a little sticky it seems. My guess is that they sit on the shelf for some time and the machining oil congeals. Also, break them in like you would a new cam...30 minutes at 1500-2000 RPM...they WILL make a ton of noise for nearly 10 minutes as the oiling system slowly pumps them up. Just do your best to not go nuts during that time.

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I checked out all the companies recommended and they all look like good places to get parts and I have them saved for future reference. However, I did a little research on this falcon global place and they just use EBAY as a store front. They've actually been in the auto parts business for over 30 years and have 9 warehouses across the U.S. So, after much deliberation I've decided to go with them, being as they have the best price. I hope I don't come to regret that decision but like I said before, a lifter is a pretty simple device. I don't see how they could screw that up. If anybody is interested I'll post on here after I get the lifters installed to let you know if I made the right move. Until then, it's on to cleaning up the push rods....man, I am not looking forward that tedious job. Thanks again!

Some advice...even though they're new, I'd disassemble and clean them.
Aaron, I have heard of this problem before and you're probably right about the machine oil getting sticky....what if I put each lifter in a can of Marvel Mystery Oil and primed it with that like it says in the service manual a few days before I installed them? You think that Marvel might soften everything up? I'd really like to avoid taking them apart if possible but I will if need be.
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It's been a while, but I've always liked the prices/quality of what Terrill sells. I think Kantor and Falcon have a mix of parts from all over. Some parts look and seem right, but the metalurgy is faulty. While lifters are a very common part, I think of them as a most precision part that needs to be 'right'-there are many instances where problems have resulted when they are not. For items like this, I like to buy 'old stock' -good luck

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