Thinking of doing the timing chain on a 64 and I did a search on the message board without to much success as to previous posts. I would assume that there are many words of wisdom that should be followed by the many individuals (smarter and more experienced than I) that have done this before. Questions such as: Should I, as a matter of course, just replace the gears (timing chain set) since they are nylon teeth.... All info is greatly appreciated and Thank you in advance.

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Comment by Michael J on October 22, 2013 at 5:50pm

Just ordered a oil pump rebuild kit, balancer repair sleeve, both gears from NAPA, oil pan gasket set and a new WP (aluminum from NAPA). The existing WP was a re-manufactured one that had a bit of dampness at the weep hole. Waiting for the weather to be less crappy

Comment by Michael J on October 16, 2013 at 11:06pm

Thanks guys. Any ballpark as to time involved for the first time  (on a Cadillac)?

Comment by Jason Edge on October 16, 2013 at 8:15pm

The gears originally had the nylon coated teeth to make them run quieter, but have found they tend to start chipping away (and get digested thru engine) after 100K miles. Kanter (www.kanter.com) sell the complete timing gear and chain set and recommend replacing all 3 items. While the front cover is off you might as well get the oil pump gear set from them or whoever you are sourcing  the parts from.

 

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