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Old 11-04-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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i was doing some valve adjustment on my motor i got from a fella a while back. going to be installing it into my 85. I realized today Its missing a cam cap, pretty mucha death sentance to a head. I have another motor here with a head on it that has battered and broken fins and looks like shit. Although all the caps are there. I know its advised not to swap caps but has anyone actually done it? What was the outcome? Does anyone know the clearances for the cam bearings? Really bummed about this
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: opinions on what i should do

Was this the first time you had the valve cover off?

Regardless, you could try swapping a cap. Install the cap and torque it down to spec using plastic-guage to mic the clearance. If it's within spec remove the material, lube it up and spin it without the cam chain. It should spin freely and not bind.




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Old 11-04-2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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that sounds like a plan to me, this is the first time i had the valve cover off. i had this motor sitting in the corner for a while and someone has been into it before but the rest of the motor looks ok and has good comp
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: opinions on what i should do

I have swapped caps before without trouble. But maybe I just have been lucky. Using the plastigauge is a good recommendation.
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