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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 03, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone with a big block changed the cam in the car. it looks like i wont be able to drop the oil pan down far enough to get the timing cover off. I would rather not pull the entire engine unless i have to.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 03, 03:47 AM
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A big block is a lot easier to change in the car than a small block when it comes to timing covers. It will come off with a little help at the corners where the bolts from the oil pan come trough and hold the timing cover on. You of course will have to remove the big gear from the cam to remove the chain, try this little trick when it comes time to remove the old cam and install the new one.

Put the big timing gear back on the cam. Installing it with one bolt will be fine. Lightly pull on the gear and it will bring the cam out. Work slowly to avoid damaging the cam bearings. Now install the gear on your new cam, apply your lube. Spray a little WD40 down the cam hole in the block aiming at the cam bearings and very slowly install your new cam. Use both hands and keep a little lube on you hand that is guiding the cam and/or try only touching it on the spaces between the lobes. This will keep as much lube as possible on your cam.

This might sound like overkill to some but this method has worked well for me. Knock on wood but over the years of messing with cars and engines I have never lost a cam. Lucky or patients? Could be both.

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The spare tire hook in the trunk makes a great cam removal tool. Just screw it into one of the big gear holes and it make a nice handle.

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One problem I have run into with small blocks is clearance. The radiator must come out, and even then sometimes the hood latch support brace gets in the way.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 03, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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I will try it in the car, now all i have to do is pick the cam as if that was an easy choice.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 03, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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i just remembered i have a Gen V block and i dont know if they are any different or not. Did GM change the front when they changed to a 1 pc. rear?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 03, 04:26 AM
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Got me on that one? Hey mark what in the heck where you doing to go get the spare tire hook! [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

I never would have thought of using that for anything other than..............well on the spare tire.....

That's what I love about this site, you always learn something new, and how to add a cheap tool to your collection, now if I only had a spare tire!

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