Already thought of all that as well. Just irritated and wanting to vent. lol I will figure it out just not what I wanted to do on a fresh (8 year old built) engine..
Engine was broken in back then and had sat unstarted since 2006. I would turn it over from time to time by hand. Engine sounded fine when I fired it for the first time since and just a few weeks ago I noticed rocker noise and adjusted them then. Now I know why there was noise the first time. Its just odd it was only the exhaust and no intakes...
FYI the pushrods that were pulled out are 1010 mild steel. Comp Magnum roller tip rocker. Cam I am guessing by ear is either a .520 or .570ish lift cam (I am leaning to the more .570ish lift due to the radical sound). Hyd flat tappet (that I do know).
Odd thing is the lifter side of the pushrod is fine. Just the rocker side is damaged. Almost like it was starving for oil. Right now I want to make sure the geometry is correct and look for coil bind (which I do not think it has).
As far as runtime... Other than break-in it has run maybe an hour if that.
No smoke and plugs look good except for the ones that had the issue which were a little fat but nothing major.