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Old 05-13-2005, 14:37   #1 (permalink)
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Couple of Clevo Q's....

Hey folks I'm just dissasembling my 302 cleveland today and have a dumb question - how do I remove the camshaft? I have the timing cover off and have taken off the camshaft pulley bolt with the fuel pump eccentric on it but can't work out what's next. Please don't tell me I have to buy another bloody puller! I just bought a harmonic balancer puller yesterday, and I'm trying to save money for the parts to put this baby back together!! Thanks folks!
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Old 05-13-2005, 15:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

next move is to take the cam sprocket complete with chain & crank sprocket off, these should pull off ok without the need for a puller, sometimes the crank sprocket is a little tight over its keyway, once the cam timing gear is off just undo the two bolts securing the cam thrust plate & gently remove the cam (you can rebolt the sprocket on to help) being careful not damage the cam bearings in the block. HTH

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(I have assumed you've removed the lifters)
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

Ah thanks alot mate! Yeah I had the lifters and everything out, I was just a bit dubious on putting that much pressure on the crank and cam sprockets. That camshaft sprocket was as tight as a snapper's ringpiece!
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

Ah thanks alot mate! Yeah I had the lifters and everything out, I was just a bit dubious on putting that much pressure on the crank and cam sprockets. That camshaft sprocket was as tight as a snapper's ringpiece!
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

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tight as a snapper's ringpiece!
Not an expression we hear in everyday usage over here

What are you doing to the 302, big rebuild or just a quick spruce up?
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

Initial plan was a full on rebuild with all the good bits but I just can't stand to see my XA sitting in the driveway engineless for months. I'm now doing a good freshen up with new bearings, rings and seals aswell as a nice street cam with lifters and new one-peice valves but keeping the old pistons. Unfortunately I just pulled a big end bearing and it has been rather scratched up which means the crank may require a grind, but we'll let the machine shop decide what needs to be done. Should have the whole lot back together within 6 weeks hopefully :)
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

leave the two bolts and ring holding the cam in while pulling the sprocket off though!
Also dont push back hard on the cam at any time as there is a welsh plug right behind it, u might knock it out. then pull the sprocket off, just top one and chain, then take the two bolts and ring off and carefully slide the cam out, some people use a large pipe, 22mm i thinm over the end of the cam to get leverage...

p.s. if having trouble with sprocket use two large screwdrives carefully on each side to get it going...
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

Another way to get the cam out is to use one of the harmonic balancer bolts and screw it into the camshaft. It works as a crude handle to give some grip and guidance for removal /refitting.
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

just a quike warning to you, what ever you do DONT lose the thrust plate, there an absolute Bitch to replace - trust me.
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Old 05-14-2005, 00:47   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Couple of Clevo Q's....

I take it that's the little "shim" plate with the two bolts that holds the camshaft in place? I have it stashed away and will be sure not to lose it :)
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