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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2002, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

I have a friend who had someone tell him that the 258 at one time had timing GEARS, rather than a chain. I had thought it was always a chain.

His 258 (a '77) is having starting problems, and I think it could be the timing chain. Battery/cables/grounds/etc, are all new. Motor doesn't turn over well - it 'chugs'. Disconnect the distributor and it still does it, so it's not ignition-based. I told him I thought it was the chain, and then some other friend told him his 258 had gears, so it couldn't be the chain. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I KNOW my 88 has a chain, because I replaced it. Did the older 258s NOT have a chain?

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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

they all had chains..
i really can see no reason to put a gear drive into a 258.....let me guess... for those 8000 RPM runs down the drag strip.....
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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

The GM 250ci straight 6 doesn't have a chain. The gear on the cam mates directly with the gear on the crank. Maybe this was what someone whas thinking of??
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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

OK guys - thanks for the info. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

All the 258's I've ever had 81, 82 & 84 had chains. I don't recall ever hearing of a 258 with gears.
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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

Do they even make a gear drive for the 258?

I guess if you like that gear whine, but wtf, oh well.
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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

Yes, MoPar makes a gear drive for the 199-232-258-244. seems to me that clifford also makes one.

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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

"199-232-258-244"......244???? Please clarify, thanks.
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Re: Has the 258 ever NOT had a timing chain??

I think he meant the 4.0, but I'm not sure if it is a 244. I was thinking 242, but I can't remember. (I don't have one of those newfangled machines[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img])
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