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Hey there!

I got this awesome used roller cam from a fellow member of Turbo Dodge, along with a few lifters...

Was sitting around and feeling a bit crafty and began to start wondering how I should polish my camshaft... use the highest grit sandpaper? Running my finger along the lobes, it feels very smooth but there is a very very slight roughness on a single lobe, like, very minor. Much less rough than the lobes of my current slider-on-roller setup!

I'm going to swap the cams and re-use the old roller followers and pull the valve cover next year and see if it is holding up... old hot rodders say you never run different followers with another cam... I guess we'll test it!
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I'm Sorry, every time I scroll down and I read the title of your thread I start laughing hysterically. :ROFLMAO:

That's all, carry on.
Hey NAJ I was gonna ask you...

The fine gentleman who sold me my roller cam also sent me 4 hydraulic lifters, 2 of them have like no movement when I push them down with my thumb, and 2 of them have about as much movement as the adjuster that came out of my valvetrain where the roller follower was spit out... which lifter should I use when I put it back together? Should I soak them in oil for 24 hours as well, even if they're used?

Also... when I pull the cam off, should I first turn the motor to TDC to make it easier to set the timing? What's the smartest way to go about swapping a cam with the least amount of headache? I have an adjustable cam gear as well if that means anything...

Thanks for all the help NAJ!!!
 

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That cam was on a square tooth gear so I'm pretty sure it's the sought after 88 tbi cam.
I'm super stoked to see how it drives... when it was running great at 14 psi, the car pulled hard until like 4500-5000 rpm and it dropped on it's face. The car had crap power from like 1000-2000 RPM, then a huuuuge kick in the ass until like 4500 and it was dead again.

Come to think about it, maybe the valve had been sticking this whole time slightly and that's why I had that smoke-issue after like 30+ minutes of driving. It was so weird. Never had a car erratically smoke like my LeBaron, and whenever I had a car with toasted pistons or rings, it would always smoke non-stop. This car ran beautifully and then all of a sudden start smoking, and then it would go away... also after taking apart the intake tubes there was not even a hint of oil going into the intake!
 

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Yes you are correct that lifters/camshafts that are used and not from the same car should not be used together.
I'll pull the valve cover off again real soon and look for wear.... I know you shouldn't use different parts but I want to see what will happen...

(on an extreme tight budget haha)
 

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I have never done this but I would think that if the wear is not severe and you use a good quality oil (synthetic preferred) that you would not have any issues daily driving.
I'm going to run it and document the wear... I'm just on a veeeeerrrry tight budget at the moment!

So excited to drive the car with a clutch that holds past 5 psi... hehe
 
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