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Old 07-04-2001, 08:48   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Currently my ED XR8 is in peices (the heads are at 1 place, the block is on the garage floor, the manifold is in my boot etc etc)
Anyways... one of the many parts I need to replace is the timing chain, and timing chain case. I was thinking of getting a gear drive, but I am not sure if I will need a different timing chain case for this.

Does anyone know if the gear drive will clear it, or if not - where abouts I could get a case to suit a gear drive?

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Hey Kell! Ya finally made it to the boards :D :D :D

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hmm, have you tried places like Veale and Repco?

Although they generally know Nothing about engines, theyve usually got the stuff on the shelves.. I heared a gear drive set for my 250 costs somewhere around $200 at Marlows, but i havent heared of a gear grive street price for the later model windsor blocks..

Anyway, happy hunting!
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In my experience gear drives are a disaster. They suffer oiling problems, excessive wear, and some cause metal deposits in the oil. The Holden V8 is especially bad as the gears don't get any direct oil feed.

Stick with a high quality timing chain! It will cause less trouble.
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Old 07-05-2001, 03:47   #6 (permalink)
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roll cant get one anyway...

Oh well... turns out I cant get a gear drive to suit my car anyway..

Not sure if this is true or not, but I was told there are no gear drives on the market to suit a 302 that has roller rockers ??!!??

I didnt even know the type of rockers would make a difference...
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Oh well... turns out I cant get a gear drive to suit my car anyway..

Not sure if this is true or not, but I was told there are no gear drives on the market to suit a 302 that has roller rockers ??!!??

I didnt even know the type of rockers would make a difference...
I would say that is crap.The 5.0 Ford is as prolific as the 350 Chev and there is almost any part you want for them.Rockers make no difference.In my veiw the gear drive is probably not worth the hassle.The gear drive is more robust but the 5.0 has a roller cam and unless you are thinking of putting in a cam with real high lift and steep ramps then I would go with a good chain set.Why do you need a new timing chain case,is it damaged.The gear drives tend to keep cam timing accuracy for longer as well but small point.But if it is what you want then go somewhere else cause I'm sure you can get one. The gear drive should fit in the orig timing case but check with supplier.
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I wanted to get the gear drive, cos I was told it would be better suited to the cam I bought ... plus they sound cool.

I already bought the timing chain and timing chain case today..

The reason I need this is a very long and painfull (and expensive) story... Short version is that the water pump corroded, sprayed water into the timing chain case, from there into the engine, and then my engine got cooked...

:-(

So far the bill for repairs (and mods... "may as well get some work done while the engine is apart") has just topped $3500...
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Oh hell that is bad luck with the engine.I see you have already got the chain set.It's a shame you didn't get what you wanted as I'm sure it could have been supplied.I think Crane or one of the cam manufacturers make them.Good luck with the rest of the rebuild.
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Old 07-05-2001, 05:37   #10 (permalink)
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timing gears for 5.0 windsor $450.00 +gst. keep standard timing case, new one not needed. as for oiling diffulculties, problem is easily solved with 1/8 drill bit.
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