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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted July 29, 2002 09:12 AM UIN: 13209501
Ok, I need to put a new cam in this week, but I have some questions. We are running a metric, and an 8 quart oil pan. How the heck do you change the cam with the engine in the car? You have to drop the pan to do it right? There is absolutely no room to drop the pain down with the engine in the car. I am not going to be happy if I have to pull the motor out just to put a cam in. Surely someone can come up with a better solution. I just can't figure any other way to get at it with a stock timing cover. Am I missing something here?


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted July 29, 2002 11:09 AM
Not really, you can loosen the oil pan and drop as far as it will go, but you must loosen it and drop it some to get the timing chain cover off. If you can pull the little pins out with a pair of vice grips, you can get the timing chain cover off. But don't bother putting them back in unless they are really important to you. That is the only way you will get the cover off without droping the pan.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted July 29, 2002 02:59 PM
Might look into putting a 2-piece timing chain cover back on, it will be easier to change cam or adjust cam timing also. I was told that it is possible to cut the inner lip off a stock timing chain cover to allow removal without dropping the oil pan. I've never tried it, don't know if it works.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 285
posted July 29, 2002 07:52 PM UIN: 40696038
you dont need to loosen the pan when you get the timing cover off clip the two corners off with a tin snips on the part that goes towards the motor then when you put it in use black silicone on the corners

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