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70coupe
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From: Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-13-2001 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I tore apart my old cleveland,I noticed a lot of wear on the cam gear and only a little bit of wear on the distributor gear. What I was wondering is, can you run a bronze distributor gear with a solid tappet cam? I know the gear may have to be changed a little more often but it would save the cam. Any ideas?

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jkilroy
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posted 10-13-2001 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A solid cam should have an iron gear and you should run an iron gear on your distributor. You don't need a bronze gear unless you are running a roller cam which has a steel gear.

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Jay Kilroy
68' Fastback GT 390
"No such thing as a cam thats too big"

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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
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posted 10-13-2001 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The type of oil pump you have also contributes to the wear of the gears. A high pressure/high volume pump will increase the wear rapidly.

Mike

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70coupe
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posted 10-13-2001 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know I should run an iron gear but I was trying to save the cam gear. It had a very noticeable wear mark after 1 year at the track. I am running a high volume pump that probably the culprit.

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