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New timing chain and gears...how much slack?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anders Jan 31. 11 Replies

How much play is there in a new set of 390 chain and gears?  See the attached video.  I know there is no tensioner but I'm concerned this may be too much play.  I'm most grateful for any feedback.Continue

How much play in 63 timing chain?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 23. 6 Replies

I will be installing a new chain and gears because I'm in this deep and all the forums here strongly recommend doing so.  It appears the coating is intact and I don't have to worry about that debris…Continue

Harmonic balancer holes are too shallow for the 3 bolts of puller

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Roberts Jan 17. 3 Replies

Trying to pull 1963 390 harmonic balancer.  The holes needed for the 3 bolts on the puller can only thread in 1/4” which is not enough to run an impact wrench on it.  I ran a tap to clean the threads…Continue

1963 Series 62 Conv sitting for 27 years...covering all the bases??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 Jan 8. 12 Replies

I'm rescuing a 1963 Convertible that is a one family owner and 100% survivor.  The paint is very salvageable, top is nice and interior is very nice.  Good thing is that no one has monkeyed with…Continue

 

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Feb 17
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Thanks for the feedback.  It turns out it was just a few hundred dollars more for a disc break conversion.  I'm keeping all the original parts with the car for any future owner wanting all original."
Feb 11
Dave Schneider replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Recommended rebuilder for 63 Convertible's brake booster?
"Karps Brakes in Upland, Ca did both of my cars. 909 985-0800"
Feb 11
Anders replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Your engine is always turning in one direction. As long as the camshaft and the crankshaft are correctly aligned then it wouldn't matter if there is a small slack on the "off side". If you have fitted the new sprockets and chain as…"
Jan 31
Mark S Anderson replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"There is no 'finger slack test; specification for a timing chain.  Yours looks normal, but you can't tell that way, so this is all speculation.If you want to be sure about timing chain slack, put the timing cover, harmonic balancer,…"
Jan 30
Jason Edge replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"I remember some slackness when I rebuilt mine with new parts way back but cannot remember just how much. I think you are good to go. You definitely do not want it tight as it would have constant tension and wear between the teeth and chain."
Jan 30
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks Ben, I guess its kinda of an optical illusion  the way that chain looks to me . My engine had 75,000 miles on it & owned by a little old lady . The  camshaft sprocket  coating ( plastic?) had only 1 crack in it  but…"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Engine is well documented at 83,000 original miles from the one owner.  Everything has been super clean which reveals it was well maintained while on the road.  The original gears were on it and they actually looked great with no cracking…"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thanks for reviewing.  Also, I did not see an oil slinger on this at disassembly.  Can you confirm that this model did not have an oil slinger?"
Jan 30
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Thank you for the feedback Russ"
Jan 30
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"These parts are made to specific tolerances —so if all parts are brand new the way they seat will be correct  The roller chain to gear fit looks right to me as does the slack in the chain  Do put it back together and enjoy the…"
Jan 30
Robert Alan Shannon replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"  Doesn't look right to me ; why is the chain not sitting down all the way  across the top of the cam sprocket? If it did , this would give even more slack in the chain .. Gotta give it thumbs down. Heck , could your bearings be that…"
Jan 29
Tony and Ginny 429 replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"Looks good to me  Enjoy "
Jan 29
Russ Austin replied to Ben Roberts's discussion New timing chain and gears...how much slack?
"That looks good to me."
Jan 29
Ben Roberts posted a discussion

New timing chain and gears...how much slack?

How much play is there in a new set of 390 chain and gears?  See the attached video.  I know there is no tensioner but I'm concerned this may be too much play.  I'm most grateful for any feedback.See More
Jan 29
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion How much play in 63 timing chain?
"Russ, Thank you for the feedback"
Jan 23

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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Convertible Series 62
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Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

To see all 1963/64 Cadillacs Listed on eBay in the USA…Continue

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spark plugs

Started by Ron Perry in 1963/64 Cadillac Specific Discussion. Last reply by Ron Perry 18 hours ago. 6 Replies

Gentlemen   I have a 1964 Sedan De Ville with 20 thousand original miles. I am going to replace the spark plugs. What plug would you recommend? I only drive the car a few hundred miles a year and the…Continue

Classic Cadillac Parts For Sale - Misc Items

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 18 hours ago. 170 Replies

I have posted a few Misc items over on my Classic Cadillac Parts Facebook page at…Continue

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Looking for 63 Convertible / Coupe rear side trim

Posted by Gene McIlroy on January 24, 2020 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

Want to find a good straight dent free rear side trim for my 1963 Convertible.  I have both sides but they do not match.  Wanting to get them to match.  I am attaching a photo of the two trim sided that I have really wanting the squared off trim if I can get it.  Let's see what you have,…

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Road Trip

Posted by Ray Schick on January 21, 2020 at 9:00pm 7 Comments

Got a little cabin fever this morning,decided to take a road trip to Hickory Corners Michigan, The Gilmore Museum. It’s about 2 1/2 hours from my home . Place is awesome,I was really impressed.

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1964 429 Aluminum Front Cover For Sale!

Posted by Jeff Kinzler on January 12, 2020 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

  • I wound up with an extra front cover for my '64 and offering it for sale.

Purchased from a knowledgable part supplier with thorough hands-on knowledge of 63-64 Cadillac engines, who checked the part before sending it to me. The oil pump driven gearSee S bore and the pressure relief piston bore are both .002 over and within the .005…

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Looking for the Rochester Choke Tube ...

Posted by Mack on January 10, 2020 at 1:14am 3 Comments

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Looking to buy the choke tube for my Rochester... anybody have one for Sale???

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