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Old 05-09-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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3.1 cam.

Can you install a cam in a pontiac 3.1 with the motor in the car? How hard is it to do so? Thanks
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Installing a cam while the motor is still in the car is hardly possible. Hard, but has been done before.
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As in how hard?
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I've never personally done it, but those who have say they'll never do it again.
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Well that sucks.. I'm not pulling the motor out of it lol. So I guess I will just stick with stock..
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Well that sucks.. I'm not pulling the motor out of it lol. So I guess I will just stick with stock..
U don't have to pull the motor. Is it a pain to install a cam while the engines in the car:yes but it's not nearly impossible. Most people don't pull it to add a cam . Plus that little motor probably leaves alot of room in front of it for working space.
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U don't have to pull the motor. Is it a pain to install a cam while the engines in the car:yes but it's not nearly impossible. Most people don't pull it to add a cam . Plus that little motor probably leaves alot of room in front of it for working space.
What all has to be removed to do it? I have a good foot or foot and a half before the radiator even.. So I can take reading or our and have a lot of room.
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water pump,harmonic balancer,radiator,upper n lower intake,distributor,pushrods lifters,timing cover,timing chain,and front bumper sometimes to get it out.im sure i forgot a part or two.
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water pump,harmonic balancer,radiator,upper n lower intake,distributor,pushrods lifters,timing cover,timing chain,and front bumper sometimes to get it out.im sure i forgot a part or two.
Wouldn't it be easier to loosen the motor and tranny mounts and jack front of the motor up so it's angled above the bumper?
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Wouldn't it be easier to loosen the motor and tranny mounts and jack front of the motor up so it's angled above the bumper?
All the stuff he mentioned is bolted to the motor and has to be removed to remove the cam.
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All the stuff he mentioned is bolted to the motor and has to be removed to remove the cam.
The bumper isn't connected to the motor lol. That's what I was talking about.
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if its a third gen then its not hard. there's a lot of space in that car
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Wouldn't it be easier to loosen the motor and tranny mounts and jack front of the motor up so it's angled above the bumper?
you might b able to drop the tranny mount and lift the eng up if it doesnt work youll have to pull the bumper anyways.and i dont think theres enough room to get the cam out with the bumper on.
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I am doing a cam on my 3.8 firebird and I'm going to check my clearance using the new cam to see what I need to remove besides the obvious of the engine components and radiator a/c condenser. On a different note I did a cam in my 84 monte and I didn't have to remove the bumper (different car and style I know) and it was a 350 V8 you'll be surprised at how much room is in the front of the engine bay once you get all the stuff off the front of the engine
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