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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 10, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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timing chain cover question

I am in the process of changing camshafts in a 1969 Z28 stock spec 302. My question is can I do this without dropping the oil pan? If so are there any tricks in doing it?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 10, 09:39 AM
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Re: timing chain cover question

What cam are you installing?

The locating dowels on the block may make getting the cover off a little difficult. I am sure it is done all the time, though.

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Re: timing chain cover question

It will be tough getting out. To put the cover back in you will probably want to trim the inside metal lip so it's easier to get the cover back in place. Just use a lot of sealer around the 2 front pan bolts or you may have an oil leak.

I did this on my Z back in '72. Never had a problem.


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The cover will come off, but to get it back on the front of the oil pan should be dropped down some. You do not have to remove the pan, just back the bolts out some and lower the front of the pan.

The cover can be put back on without dropping the pan, by trimming the ends of the seal retainer on the timing cover. If you trim to much, it will gush oil like a sieve. Your best bet is to lower the front of the pan !

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Re: timing chain cover question

A re-useable felpro pan gasket is the poop for doing stuff like this. If you ever change the pan gasket get one!!

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