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Old 17th-February-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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do i have to pull my 350 block to install a new cam or can i install it if i pull the radiator out? not sure how much clearance there is.
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Old 17th-February-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: cam install

Pulling the radiator should suffice. Tbh I havent installed a cam while the engine is in the vehicle still.
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Old 17th-February-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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ok thanks thats the general consensuses from talking with a few people trying to find someone that has done this before if it is possible trying to save the time if possible because radiator is only bolted still everthing else has been removed but the block and trans are still in and so is the driveshaft and starter.
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Old 17th-February-2013, 07:12 PM   #4
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I just did a in car cam swap in my 70'. I pulled the radiator, the grille and had to remove a motor mount bolt and jack it up slightly to sneek the cam out past the filler panel.
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ok thank you did you have to seperate the transmission to get enough clearance up with the motor?
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Old 17th-February-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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ok thank you did you have to seperate the transmission to get enough clearance up with the motor?
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Are you going to degree the cam or just guess and stab it in ???
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Old 19th-February-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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honestly i have no idea what you are talking about i have never installed one before and will plan to just follow the instructions i get this is my first motor work ive ever done so learning as i go.
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How to degree a cam



If its your first cam install you could probably get away with installing the cam sraight up, AKA just line up the two dots when you install the timing chain. I always pre soak the lifters in oil for about an hour. When you install the rockers i DO NOT recommend twisting the push rod between your fingers untill you feel it drag then an addition 1/2 turn as some books say. Ive seen people bottom out hyd. lifters and hang valves open because they mis-judge "drag". I always adjust for zero lash and then 1/2 turn. Use a break in oil if youre installing a flat tappet cam. and use plenty of assembly lube.
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Old 20th-February-2013, 10:18 PM   #11
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thank you will def take any advice and try to do it right am using flat tappet for ease of install.

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If its your first cam install you could probably get away with installing the cam sraight up, AKA just line up the two dots when you install the timing chain. I always pre soak the lifters in oil for about an hour. When you install the rockers i DO NOT recommend twisting the push rod between your fingers untill you feel it drag then an addition 1/2 turn as some books say. Ive seen people bottom out hyd. lifters and hang valves open because they mis-judge "drag". I always adjust for zero lash and then 1/2 turn. Use a break in oil if youre installing a flat tappet cam. and use plenty of assembly lube.
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