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This is a discussion on Cam bearings within the Classic Muscle forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I have to put new piston rings in an old engine. 1967 400 Pontiac with about 100,000 miles on the ...

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    I have to put new piston rings in an old engine. 1967 400 Pontiac with about 100,000 miles on the clock. The engine is very clean inside, however has a broken ring. I know I need these parts:
    piston rings
    gasket set
    main bearings
    rod bearings
    timing gear and chain
    oil pump
    fuel pump (broke it pulling the engine)
    Top-end is all clean and lifters and cam look perfect.
    Probably will re-use stock pistons after cleaning.
    Should cam bearings be replaced? Is this possible to do at home. How much should the work cost, if I cannot do it?
    I have had this car sitting for about 4 years now and would like to get it back on the road in the spring. As always, I am on a budget. If I need to pay for some work to be done, I can live with that.
    Thanks for any help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28_Driver View Post
    I have to put new piston rings in an old engine. 1967 400 Pontiac with about 100,000 miles on the clock. The engine is very clean inside, however has a broken ring. I know I need these parts:
    piston rings
    gasket set
    main bearings
    rod bearings
    timing gear and chain
    oil pump
    fuel pump (broke it pulling the engine)
    Top-end is all clean and lifters and cam look perfect.
    Probably will re-use stock pistons after cleaning.
    Should cam bearings be replaced? Is this possible to do at home. How much should the work cost, if I cannot do it?
    I have had this car sitting for about 4 years now and would like to get it back on the road in the spring. As always, I am on a budget. If I need to pay for some work to be done, I can live with that.
    Thanks for any help guys.
    yes you can do it ! i always do its just better peace of mind and doesnt take long to do. you'll need a cam bearing tool which can remove and install them(parts store) with a hammer. just line up your oil holes on the new bearings and drive em in, they are beveled be sure you turn them in or out however the olds are when they come out. not sure what a machine shop would charge always done them ourselves.

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    Thats what I wanted to hear. It takes all the fun out of it when I have to haul my project to the mechanic.
    Do you have a preferred brand for bearings? or rings?
    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28_Driver View Post
    Thats what I wanted to hear. It takes all the fun out of it when I have to haul my project to the mechanic.
    Do you have a preferred brand for bearings? or rings?
    Thanks for the help.
    sealed power makes some good ones what we always used, far as rings hastings are hard to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28_Driver View Post
    I have to put new piston rings in an old engine. 1967 400 Pontiac with about 100,000 miles on the clock. The engine is very clean inside, however has a broken ring. I know I need these parts:
    piston rings
    gasket set
    main bearings
    rod bearings
    timing gear and chain
    oil pump
    fuel pump (broke it pulling the engine)
    Top-end is all clean and lifters and cam look perfect.
    Probably will re-use stock pistons after cleaning.
    Should cam bearings be replaced? Is this possible to do at home. How much should the work cost, if I cannot do it?
    I have had this car sitting for about 4 years now and would like to get it back on the road in the spring. As always, I am on a budget. If I need to pay for some work to be done, I can live with that.
    Thanks for any help guys.
    go with tri metal bearings . i was just at sema the other month and whata breakthroughs' they have made with them

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