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project66
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posted 05-17-2001 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I finished installing my cam, got the timing cover and water pump back on then noticed in my manual a spacer (round washer, it looks like) is shown between the cam and the retaining (thrust?) plate. I didn't have one. Tore the front end off the 302 in my Fairlane and it didn't have one either. Don't think I need one but am leary. Cam is going into my 66/302.

Can anyone provide insight?

TIA-
JimO

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richard bohm
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From: tucson,az-luray,va
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posted 05-17-2001 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the spacer was used on early models, before it was cast integrally with the cam gear. check you freeplay fore and aft on the cam and see how much you have. it should be between .002 and .006". if you have more than that then you need the spacer.

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project66
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posted 05-17-2001 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Richard-
Point of fact, I'm using a 65 manual for my 66. So, is it an early vs late difference in the cam or block? Not sure how old the block is but the cam is a new 270 Magnum. I'm thinking that, with the distributor out, I had more fore/aft play than .006.

Again, appreciate your response.

JimO

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