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Old April 28th, 2013, 02:02 AM   #1
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helping a buddy of mine do a cam swap on his c5. he put a new 427 in it and the cam he bought for it is too big. i never done this before and hope i never will again. my question is, is it easier to do on a s197?
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Are you asking if it's easier to put cams in a 4.6 than it is to put one in an LS engine? If that's the question, the answer is no.
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Putting cams in a 3v isn't that hard.
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did he have to pull the rack off?
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Old April 28th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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Putting cams in a 3v isn't that hard.
Putting a cam in an LS motor is really easy.
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Cams on a 4.6 4v
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I remember on HP tv they always dropped the engine from the body to work on LS's'ssss. At least on the F bodies
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Lol ok.... to answer your question. Putting a cam in an LSx engine is cake. Not that camming a mod motor is difficult but can't say it's as easy as an LS.

dr.gonzo - no need to drop the engine bro. Just pulling off the fan assemblies and steering rack (which is a little pain in the ass) but other than that not so bad.
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Cam swap lsx is weekend six pack easy. Cam swap mod motor is have someone else do it while you drink a six pack
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Don't you have to pull the engine to do a ohv cam swap?


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Don't you have to pull the engine to do a ohv cam swap?


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No, i said ohv, not ohc... 69fastback said a 3v cam swap is harder than an ls cam swap... you have to pull the engine to do a ohv cam swap...
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Originally Posted by crackpotfox View Post
No, i said ohv, not ohc... 69fastback said a 3v cam swap is harder than an ls cam swap... you have to pull the engine to do a ohv cam swap...
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Originally Posted by crackpotfox View Post
No, i said ohv, not ohc... 69fastback said a 3v cam swap is harder than an ls cam swap... you have to pull the engine to do a ohv cam swap...
You dont have to pull and engine to do a ohv cam swap...
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If you pull a ohv engine to swap a cam, you either have toooooo much time on your hands or you dont have enough room to slide it out/in.

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did the actual swap today and that wasnt anything. it was taking everything off that sucked
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Originally Posted by Jason4.6GT View Post
You dont have to pull and engine to do a ohv cam swap...
How do you get the cam out of the middle of the block?


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It's not any harder really you just have to pull more shit off a pushrod motor than a modular. It's easy, just more work. The actual cam install part is easier because all you have to do is slide it in and bolt down the bearing caps. It's all the removing of lifters, pushrods, rocker arms, etc. it's not hard by any means though.
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How do you get the cam out of the middle of the block?


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Originally Posted by kmac1622 View Post
OVH means Over head Cam, So its on the top of the motor under the valve covers.
Yeah. I know. Ls engines are not ohc. They're ohv. Overhead valve. The cam is through the center of the block. You need to raise the engine to get out the cam.


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