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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2003, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

Took out the cam in the 302 for Project Mustang. Cam lobes looked like toast but the bearing part of the cam looked very clean. I looked at the bearings and they all showed some discoloring, but only on the top. I don't know the history of this motor save the fact that I have heard it run and it ran very smooth. This motor has 150 psi so I don't want to pull the heads nor do a total rebuild. I have a good cam but I am hesitant about these bearings. The first one feels smooth with no groves and like I said the cam showes no bearing wear. Can these be used? If not how can I change them at home?
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

cam bearings can be a PITA to install. you have to make shure you have the oil passges lined up perefect when you pres them in. if yuou have a little paitnece, go for it!
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

I'd reuse the old ones. I've done this in the past and it's worked. If that doesn't make you feel comfortable, spend the money at your local auto machine shop (a reputable one) and have them do it. Or if you are brave do what Zach said.
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

i wouldnt reuse them if your worried about them, as the cam bearings are a spot of big oil pressure loss when they are loose due to the journals not having fillits on both edges(most are this way, cant remmber on 302 though...)
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

SB ford cam bearings are easy to install but you`ll have to rent the installation tool, a long & short bar and probably an expandable driver, (though i prefer the solid individual size drivers). SB ford cam bearings have long slotted oil passages so even if your not dead on , you cant miss the passage from the mains. I always used a permanent marker on the o.d. of the bearing surface and mark the block next to each cam brg. bore parallel with the oil feed passage to help line them up. dont forget to pickup another cam bore end plug for the rear.
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

Great tips Broncomania! How do you remove them? I have never done the cam bearings before. Obviously I've been lucky in reusing them in the past. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] NORM
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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

Actually the cam bearing driver does both jobs, removes and installs, but i dont how easy it is to find a place that rents them however.

If anyone needs any tips using one, just PM me...

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Re: Engine hounds, Cam Bearing questions..

Well tonight at the suggestion of a mechanic friend of mine, I took some 800 grit paper sprayed it with oil and two swipes the discoloring was gone. And so was my worries. Some Molly later and the Shelby cam found a new home..... [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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