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I'm in need of a little assistance identifying the official technical name of these parts. They're these little retainer pieces that are secured around the lifter, and I'm not sure what they're called:



As you can see, mine are quite broken. They shattered inexplicably on startup one day, and made a god-awful racket. After taking off the valve cover and looking around, I noticed these little parts were broken. The roller on one of the lifters directly beneath it was all mangled, so I'm going to pull the head off and go digging around for any loose bits in there. While I'm at it, I'd like to find a source for some replacement parts. Is there anywhere that carries these parts and individual lifters? I'd try to find them in a junkyard, but the only ones nearby will try to swindle me even if I'm lucky enough to find an 88.5-90 GT there. Also, is there any problem with replacing the single torn up lifter, and leaving the rest?
 

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Wow, that's going to be a lot more pricey than I hoped for. It's too bad, because I'd just had it running really great right before this happened. Any ideas on why they just fall apart like that? I know my head was serviced sometime before I got the car, they did a valve job as far as I know. I guess incorrect reinstallation could have resulted in the premature failure.

Also, if I found a suitable candidate, could I just yank the cam and lifters out of a donor car and put them in there, or would that be a complete stab in the dark as far as the integrity of the parts goes? That's one mighty expensive cam where I'm pricing it, I'm kind of wishing I didn't have roller lifters right now.
 
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