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Fordwiser
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From: Metamora, Illinois
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posted 12-10-2001 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fordwiser   Click Here to Email Fordwiser     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure your cam bolt is not bottoming out in the cam, so when you torque the bolt it's actally tighting the timing gear to the cam and not just tighting the bolt into the bottom of the hole. I used the factory bolt, washer, and even the fuel pump eccentric and it still bottomed, the cam was not drilled and tapped as deep as a stock cam!

I asked a local Ford racer/engine builder who runs Pro/Mod what he used for a timing set when he ran his high 7 sec. Cleveland,
he said he used a factory type NYLON cam gear(double pinned) high quality stock type chain and a multi indexed crank gear for the stock type chain. He thought the nylon absorbed the harmonics from the steel roller cam and the super stiff valve springs, and in general was a lot easier on the valvetrain.

I'll let you know how it works next season since I'm going to give it a try!
Roger

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kid vishus
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posted 12-10-2001 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info.

I know mine wasnt bottoming out, I used a thick washer under the bolt. I bottomed the boolt out without the washer, measured the thickness and got a washer that was thicker than that measurement.

I thought about double pinning it, but I couldnt find a spot where the gear was thick enuff that I would feel comfortable to have a pin sticking thru. I had one buddy who runs a rlloercammed 289 tell me he uses a special pin in his motors and has never broke one of them. I need to ask him what it is and where to get one.

Maybe then I will consider going back to a roller cam. But for now, this solid makes as much power as the roller was, and costs alot less money to replace parts for.

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Fordwiser
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posted 12-10-2001 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fordwiser   Click Here to Email Fordwiser     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What sucks was this winter when I pulled the motor out, one of the main things I was going to do was double pin the cam. The last race I had planned for the year it let go! Bent all the Exhaust valves and push rods and cracked one of the roller lifters. At least it didn't hurt the cam or the pistons. Think the pin had been bending/breaking most of the season, since it ran its best early in the season and went down from there. Made changes that should of made it pickup but never quite got it back to where it had been.
Plus there were clues that something wasn't right but I guess I ignored them since I was bracket racing and it was still pretty consistant.
Roger

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clevelandstyle
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posted 12-10-2001 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've broken the cam pin twice. The first time, I thought it was a fluke. I replaced it with another pin just like the first one. The second time, I put in an industial grade dowel pin. It is MUCH harder than the original pin. If this baby breaks, I've got more problems than worrying about the pin.

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Moneymaker
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posted 12-11-2001 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only way you can guarantee that you won't break a cam pin ina SBF is to double pin it. That's what we do with all roller cam RACE applications. A little extra effort can save a lot of grief in the long run.

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Fordwiser
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posted 12-11-2001 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fordwiser   Click Here to Email Fordwiser     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any ideas what the best material is for the pins? I would think to hard and it would be brittle.
Roger

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Moneymaker
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posted 12-11-2001 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Standard cam pins work just fine as long as you double them up. You can also buy hardened pin stock at any industrial hardware supply warehouse. You can find them in the yellow pages.

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Alex Denysenko
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clevelandstyle
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posted 12-11-2001 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hear what your saying, Alex. If I have any more problems, I'll do the double pin thing. As of now my hard dowel pin has been working for three years.

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