get a telescopic magnet, take all the plugs out, and pray
plug gap will be listed at around .050-.060, I believe all duraspark equipped vehicles are. The rockers are pedestal mount, the bolt is torqued to 35-ish (IIRC), lash is zero, as are all hydraulic lifter valvetrains. As a side note, both my Chilton and Haynes manual list the info you're looking for, they are for the granada/monarch series though, rather than the birds. Maybe they left it out, maybe you're not looking in the right spot. I don't think a vacuum would help you retrieve the washer, not enough suction, not enough surface area on the washer. A magnet would be your best bet, but it will be hard because it will be attracted to the head, valves, cylinder wall, etc. But it would be worth a shot. If you are able to fish it out, or at least determine which cylinder it is in (spark plug should let you know), remove the head and have a look see for damage.On 2006-03-20 10:03, v8shadow wrote:
Well, I'll tell you something. I paid $1500 for this car 2yrs ago. It now has 91K miles on it. I was horrible on gas, but I blame the carb I just replaced. If my engine is ruined, sure it is a shame, but not a tragedy. I will try to vacuum it out of the cylinder using a rig wit a shop vac. If that doesn't do it, I don't know what is next for this car. I need a better reference source than chilton or haynes. They both suck bad. I cant even find out how to act upon the rockers once I loosen them. Sh**, it doesnt even have the gap listed for rocker arm valve clearance. DAMN IT!!!