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    Installing CAM any suggestions.......

    any help or tips appreciated, i will be installing a cam on a 98 trans am, what would be the easiest way to install, this will all be done backyard mechanic style cherry picker is available.

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    If you take the whole fron end apart you should be able to do everything with the motor still in the car, on howtols1.com they go through every step and have great pictures if you cant read. I have help friends do cam swaps in there z28s i would say the hardest part with doin it with the engine still in the car is the valve springs.

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    You don't need to remove the engine in any way to do a cam swap. Just take your time and make sure you have all the right parts. If you get frustrated step back and take a breath. And for god sake don't drop the pick up tube bolt into the oil pan! It sucks getting it out.

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    lol thanks for the insight good to know

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    yeah, just pull the radiator and ac condensor but the condensor just pivots up out of the way. I hope you're doing all the supporting stuff too like timing chain, valve springs, and oil pump right?
    Be careful pulling your old cam out and putting the new one in. Be gentle so you don't mess up a cam bearing. Use the longer bolts out of the water pump and thread those into the end of the cam for leverage. All of that is in the write up.

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    Make it easy on yourself and just replace everything that is now accessible with upgraded parts if it is something you might want to do later. Like get a double roller timing chain and ported oil pump. Get new gaskets. They aren't always needed but it is cheap piece of mind. Don't forget a new pick up tube O-ring.

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    This all true, where are you located in WI?

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    Me too sir do you ever make it out to highway or Great lakes?

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    A racheting wrench makes the pickup tube bolt a tad bit easier. I had one of those cheap AZ extendable magnets right there just in case but its still going to be a pain in the tail. To me that was the most tedious part of the whole build. So much time for just one little part and definately go ahead and get a new oring.

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    Me too sir do you ever make it out to highway or Great lakes?
    Great lakes!

    Also you can stuff a rag in the oil pan front so if it does drop it won't fall in. That saved me a couple of times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamrhead View Post
    Great lakes!

    Also you can stuff a rag in the oil pan front so if it does drop it won't fall in. That saved me a couple of times!
    Putting the rag in the front of oil pan is very good insurance against having that bolt roll back on you. Just don't make the mistake of leaving it there. When I did mine I was working on it late at night after I got home from work. I got the front put back on and all buttoned up and that was my stopping point so I went to bed. I'm laying there in bed trying to fall asleep and it hit me. I forgot to take the rag out. I got back out of bed and went back to the garage and tore the front down again to get the rag out. Almost a huge mistake. It gets around the crank and gets shredded to bits. I snapped a pic of it. Almost screwed the pooch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    Putting the rag in the front of oil pan is very good insurance against having that bolt roll back on you. Just don't make the mistake of leaving it there. When I did mine I was working on it late at night after I got home from work. I got the front put back on and all buttoned up and that was my stopping point so I went to bed. I'm laying there in bed trying to fall asleep and it hit me. I forgot to take the rag out. I got back out of bed and went back to the garage and tore the front down again to get the rag out. Almost a huge mistake. It gets around the crank and gets shredded to bits. I snapped a pic of it. Almost screwed the pooch.

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    I have done that stuff before too! You stop and start back up another time then realize you forgot to do something while laying in bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Dito. Just follow the directions.

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    just a quick question ima swap my ls1 cam for a ls6 cam along with the springs,pushrods, and the timing chain. would i need to go ahead and switch out the oil pump for an ls6 pump or would i be fine since im not going heavy on the cam. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceZ28 View Post
    just a quick question ima swap my ls1 cam for a ls6 cam along with the springs,pushrods, and the timing chain. would i need to go ahead and switch out the oil pump for an ls6 pump or would i be fine since im not going heavy on the cam. thanks
    no the 2001 is ok if I remember. i think it is 2000 and earlier

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