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eaton89
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posted May 30, 2004 10:01 AM  
The gear on my distributor is half spun off. Gear was new as well as cam. What causes this and what can I expect for repairing. Do I need to drop pan, how about cam, does it need to be replaced as well. I've heard of this but have never had it happen. Really ***** , everything that could go wrong last night did(allmost).

racer17j
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posted May 30, 2004 10:16 AM  
how hard is it to add a button. Never used one or even seen one used. I know this guy has no idea(thats probably what your thinking). I'm new to the racing world and I am finding out the hard way about the importance of those racing motor parts.

19J
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posted May 30, 2004 12:23 PM  
What kind of cam? A roller cam requires a bronze gear right guys? So could be that too. Or it could be that the dist. is down to far causing pressure.

ryan
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posted May 30, 2004 12:52 PM  
A cam button goes right behind your timing chain gear and the other end of it will ride on or within a few thousandths on the timing chain cover. Very cheap insurance. Around 4 bucks for the regular aluminum one and I think around $9 for the one with the roller bearing. I lost 2 cams on year because of the cam walking. I won't build an engine without one now. I also run one of those locking plate to keep the bolts from loosening up.

ryan
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posted May 30, 2004 01:00 PM  
If you install one there are two different lenghts depending on you timing chain cover. One cover has a stamped design and the other cover is flat. Hope this helps ya.
$9.95

$2.95

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eaton89
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posted May 30, 2004 01:05 PM  
It doesnt have a roller cam in it. I just went out and looked down the dist hole and the end of the the cam is chewed up. I will put a button on (checked out how to install looks pretty simple) on the cam when I put it back together but how do you check to see if the distributor is to far down. It falls down all the way with the gasket on havent checked without gasket. Also now that I have to replace the cam what has to be changed to run solid cam. Thinking of changing to solid do to the fact the hydralic cam was $120 comp cam with no lifters. I was told need to put oil restrictors in and I've read on here to use them and not to use them. If the only reason to use them is that the solid lifters dont need the oil than I would probably choose to not use them and keep the oil on the rockers.

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eaton89
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posted May 30, 2004 01:12 PM  
Thanks for the pics and other info. I made the last post before I checked latest post. Is a none roller button sufficent. Also does the chain get stretched from the cam walking. I know that is a lot of questions but I want to get it all straight so I can get the right parts and only do this once.

ryan
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posted May 30, 2004 01:30 PM  
If you are going solid I personally wouldn't run restrictors. To run a solid cam you need new cam, lifters, and possibly valve springs depending on what cam you are going to get and what springs you have now. If you are running a one of those cheap timing chain sets, I would invest in a quality chain set.
I know one of our cams the bolts had wear marks on the bolts from the cover. I learned the hard way if you try to do it cheap the first time you get to pay more later to fix it. Just my .02 cents

racer17j
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posted May 30, 2004 04:10 PM  
So you know restrictors are not required equiptment to run solid cams.Its your choice.

racer17j
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posted May 30, 2004 11:47 PM  
I hope I didnt open a can of worms here,LOL. I seen on here to run them but open the hole up a little. I am running a circle track claimer pan and high volume pump. Also besides checking valve lash often what other maintenance does a solid cam require.

maniac motors
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Total posts: 128
posted May 31, 2004 12:53 PM  
the only reason to run the restrictors is if you are running roller rockers,.the roller rocker arms dont require as much oil as stamped ones do. if you run stamped rockers DO NOT RUN RESTRICTORS you will gall rocker pivots from oil starvation and possibly break rocker arms.trust me ive been there and dont want to go back.
hope this reply helps someone .

    

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