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Cam Bearing install

Post  747JetMech on October 21st 2013, 9:18 pm

Looking for advice on a cam bearing installation tool for small and big block fords.. What brand or kit do you guys prefer?

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Re: Cam Bearing install

Post  LivermoreDave on October 22nd 2013, 10:01 am

I have used a tool similar to COMP's 5312 for years although marketed under another name. This tool allows the installer to hammer the bearing into place, maybe not the best procedure. With that said, I tend to like a tool (fabricated/manufactured) that utilizes an all-thread rod and an attachment that fits the cam bearing and gently pulls the cam bearing into place.

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Post  schmitty on October 22nd 2013, 1:50 pm

The only one I've ever used was an older Snap On unit, and it worked fine.
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Post  J.Toney on October 22nd 2013, 3:40 pm

Used the Lisle Tools version a few times, seemed easy enough for my hack ass.
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Post  jbozzelle on October 27th 2013, 11:41 am

I used the tool from Lisle. I had never done cam bearings before and they went in just fine.

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Post  jasonf on October 27th 2013, 2:53 pm

While of no value this topic reminds me of the first 289 I built. My friends dad owned a diesel shop and he had the block work done where he gets some of his stuff machined. I had borrowed an adjustable cam bearing tool from the parts store I worked at ( I was 16 and this was along time ago). We got the first bearing in good but sometimes the tool would slip and it would screw up a bearing. After a couple of mishaps he tossed it in it's box, went to another bay, grabbed some steel and machined me a complete set of cam bearing install dies for a sbf which I still have to this day in my toolbox.
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