Aerostar 4.0 -92 valve lifter replacement

There seems to be about 1 mm clearance on one of the rockers so the valve lifter is probably damaged. Probably inlet manifolds have to be removed in order to get the lifter out. There's not too much space
above the manifolds. Any ideas how to make it easier to remove manifold ? Is there an easy way to somehow tilt engine slightly downwards or some way to get more space to work on upper engine et.c. ?
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the cylinder heads have to come off before you get those lifters out. But no, you don't have to tip the engine to get the job done.
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Workshop manual does not tell that heads should be removed.
According to fordpartswarehouse, there's quite a difference 3.0 and 4.0 valve lifter pricing
Valve lifters, aerostar - 3.0l - 3.0L      92-97     $18.54           $15.01 Valve lifters, aerostar - 4.0l - 4.0L     92-97     $50.86          $41.17
Is it so that 3.0 is w/out and 4.0 with rolls ?
In any case, any ideas how to make more workspace above the engine would be helpful, even one inch might help a lot.
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That may be true but I can only imagine your level of frustration when you get that intake off and find that the lifters hit the cylinder heads before they come out of their bores.

Start at the front of the engine and work your way back. They are tight to work on but their is enough room.
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On 1 Mar 2007 00:13:38 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@bossmail.de wrote:

Jack up the front end, support by the frame rails, and loosen the cross-member bolts to drop the crossmember(and engine) just over an inch.
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