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Offline Racer57

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Change cam while engine in car ?
« on: January 06, 2017 - 10:56:33 PM »
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Acquaintance says he can easily change the cam in my 383 while engine is still in car by simply removing the radiator. I have no desire at this time to change cam, nor would I ever let this guy touch my car.  But is it possible ? 

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Offline cudabob496

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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017 - 11:18:39 PM »
would think so without a doubt, but have only done it on my Trans Am
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Offline Cudakiller70

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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2017 - 11:24:11 PM »
Doing it to a 340 71 Challenger now, plenty of room just too cold to finish at the moment. Is a 383 block longer?
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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2017 - 11:37:41 PM »
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Acquaintance says he can easily change the cam in my 383 while engine is still in car by simply removing the radiator.  is it possible ?
No.

He also needs to remove the carb, intake, rockers, pushrods, water pump, timing cover, fan. As well as the rad.  :bigsmile:
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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2017 - 12:36:10 AM »
No.

He also needs to remove the carb, intake, rockers, pushrods, water pump, timing cover, fan. As well as the rad.  :bigsmile:

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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017 - 11:54:26 AM »
I did this a couple times on B body big block cars and it's not a big deal. The problem though is trying to degree the cam in the car.

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Re: Change cam while engine in car ?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017 - 04:32:26 PM »
X2

To degree it you need a smaller diameter wheel and/or jack the engine up a bit. But replacing the cam was on the order of 4 hrs flat rate...lol.