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I got a chevy 350 im going through and i was thinking about changing the cam bearing and the cam, among other things. the engine is in pretty good shape (around 40k miles on it)
but alot of people make a big deal about changing the cam bearings and saying the tool is $$$. ive found a chevy sb cam bearing tool for $60.00 and im pretty good at working on this sort of thing what do you all think?
 

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putting cam bearings in a chevy is a peice of cake. and all those poeple telling you its big $$$ are the reasons machinists charge so much.
 

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if you got the tool it is cake for sure. Check eBay for a deal on one.

Then get a good quality set of bearings. They fit tighter for better oil pressure
 

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yeah everyone also says "oh be careful to go real slow so you don't nic a cam bearing" blah blah blah......ask any competant machinist, you won't get a cam in without a little nic of a bearing, just don't be a jackass and hit it in with a hammer (I have actually seen this).

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Only 40k? Don't bother changing them. The ONLY time I ever heard of people actually changing cam bearings (worked in a Chevy dealership for 5 years, dad was a Chevrolet Master Technition for 48 years) is if the block had been hot tanked, the chemicals don't do the bearing material any good.
 

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is the tool for cam bearings generic or brand specific? i.e., could i use a chevy bearing installer on an AMC?

i got a quote for cam bearings for $120 from a local machinist. that's if i bring in the short block, already cleaned.
 

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If you got a access to a lathe or anybody owes you favors I can give you a print and you can make your own bearing installer or if you wanna pay shipping I'll build that shit for ya.
 

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Goat said:
If you got a access to a lathe I can give you a print and you can make your own bearing installer
I fall derictly under this

can ya send me a copy
 

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Only 40k? Don't bother changing them. The ONLY time I ever heard of people actually changing cam bearings (worked in a Chevy dealership for 5 years, dad was a Chevrolet Master Technition for 48 years) is if the block had been hot tanked, the chemicals don't do the bearing material any good.
I take it that means not even if your changing the cam? cuz i think i might get a new cam and i have some new clevite 77's on hand for it.
 

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I've never heard of anyone changing cam bearings just for a cam swap, if your motor is worn enough to need cam bearings your main/rod bearings would be long gone. There is little load and little wear on came bearings.
 

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I wouldn't change them with 40,000 miles. They shouldn't need it. unless you have very good access to the front of the motor it could be a bitch.
 

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cool works for me guys. thanks for the info
 
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