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Old 09-24-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Need to replace camshaft bearing cap - New or used?

I am finally reassembling my SC2 engine and am ready to drop the camshafts back in. Today I was cleaning my bearing caps and discovered that the E1 cap had a gouge in it as a result of improper storage. The gouge is on the surface that goes over the cam journal so there is no question that I need to replace it.

I'm thinking that after going through all of the work to rebuild the engine, I shouldn't be installing used parts. It's not likely that the parts stores in the area will have a new replacement in stock, so that means I'll have to wait until next weekend before I can put my cams in.

On the other hand, if there is no harm using a used cap, I can pick up it from the junk yard tomorrow, and will be able to be close to finishing the engine reassembly tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:06 AM   #2
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Default Re: Need to replace camshaft bearing cap - New or used?

The cam bearing caps are align bored. Meaning they are matched to the head. To get new, you must buy the entire head. I would not risk installing a used one. If It doesn't snap your camshaft in half during install, it'll drastically shorten the life of it.

If the gouge isn't too deep, you may be able to smooth it out with some crocus cloth and reuse it.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:26 AM   #3
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have a machine shop align bore it.
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:13 PM   #4
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> have a machine shop align bore it. <
That may have been a simply answer/suggestion for you. You know, with the level of tech experts and very familar auto techs on this site, I wonder if we should keep this site/forum a secret. Why ? Because most of the answers can well be applied to any car, in terms of general guidance and suggestions for problem analysis.

Don't mind me; I'm just wondering on. Understand my humor; for the feedback here, one cannot put a dollar value on it. How does one place a dollar figure on lengthy and personal expertise ??? Luke, get back on the truck........
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so, in other words?
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