Author Topic: how to tell a cam?  (Read 3100 times)

Offline aprice

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how to tell a cam?
« on: August 08, 2005, 11:32:00 PM »
i know a guy through where i work that has two cam shafts for sale. one brand new with no documents, marking, etc for identifing it, and the other is barley used. i told him i'd make an offer next week for both. How do you measure the cam to figure what it is


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Re: how to tell a cam?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2005, 03:45:00 PM »
Depending on what it is, the back of the camshaft at the distributor gear end will have a number and a marking on it indicating the PN or the grind.

If it is slightly used, does he have the lifters it was broken in with?

This is just my opinion, but I wouldn't give over $50 for a used set of cam and lifters, especially one you don't know the specs or history about.

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Re: how to tell a cam?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2005, 07:34:00 PM »
i was thinking the same thing, $50-$75 for both cam shafts. he never said if it had the lifters or not


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Re: how to tell a cam?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2005, 01:42:00 PM »
I wouldn't run new lifters on a used cam.  They have a tendency to wipe lobes off or chew the lifter down.

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Re: how to tell a cam?
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005, 11:38:00 PM »
thanks, i wouldnt think to run new lifters with a used cam just cause things would be worn unevenly and a spell for engine disaster