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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 10, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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396 Cam Change and gaskets

We are planning to swap cam shafts in a 396 engine. Can the timing cover be removed without distrubing the oil pan gaskets? I know there are 2 bolts that bolt the oil pan to the timing cover that will be required to be removed. For the assembly can we just replace the front oil pan/timing cover gasket and seal with a gasket maker sealant?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 10, 09:08 PM
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Re: 396 Cam Change and gaskets

If it's like a small block you have to drop the pan at the front because the timing cover has a lip on it that holds the front rubber part of the pan seal. It will catch on the oil pan and be damaged if you don't drop the pan about 1", and will be impossible to reinstall. And if you are able to do it, it will leak like a seive. Sorry but that's all the help I can provide. I haven't opened a BBC for almost 30yrs. But I'm getting ready to start one myself
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 10, 02:43 AM
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Re: 396 Cam Change and gaskets

Hi.Yip it can be done no worries,the BB doesn't have the lip on the bottom of the timing cover,i've done it a couple of times now...Most important is to keep all surfaces clean and dry,remove old oil residue with crc breakclean or "your'
then if the pan gasket seems suspect ,just a slight dab of sealant
when ya locate the cover back onto the dowels just keep an eye on what the lower gaskets are doing,they can slide out of the way without ya noticing
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 10, 04:55 AM
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Re: 396 Cam Change and gaskets

YEP, as RS-man said, it's a very simple thing to do. Leave the pan alone, just clean it up good at the front of the oil pan and use a good gasket maker when you reinstall the timing cover and you will be good.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 10, 08:53 PM
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Re: 396 Cam Change and gaskets

Agree, you can remove the timing cover on the 396 and then reinstall the gasket at the front when reinstalling the cover.

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