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RV STAGE 2 448/.472 Lift Cam Camshaft & Lifters Kit compatible with SBF Ford Mercury 289 302

Edelbrock 2122 Performer-Plus Cam and Lifter Kit

COMP Cams CL12-600-4 Thumpr 227/241 Hydraulic Flat Cam and Lifter Kit for Chevrolet Small Block

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RV STAGE 2 448/.472 Lift Cam Camshaft & Lifters Kit compatible with SBF Ford Mercury

Edelbrock 2122 CAMSHAFT KIT

COMP Cams CL12-600-4 Thumpr 227/241 Hydraulic Flat Cam and Lifter Kit for Chevrolet Small Block

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Falcon Performance

Edelbrock

COMP Cams

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$213.95

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RV STAGE 2 448/.472 Lift Cam Camshaft & Lifters Kit compatible with SBF Ford Mercury 289 302

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RV STAGE 2 448/.472 Lift Cam Camshaft & Lifters Kit compatible with SBF Ford Mercury

Brand
Falcon Performance

Prime Benefits

Price
$130.74

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Edelbrock 2122 Performer-Plus Cam and Lifter Kit

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Edelbrock 2122 CAMSHAFT KIT

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Edelbrock

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Price
$213.95

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COMP Cams CL12-600-4 Thumpr 227/241 Hydraulic Flat Cam and Lifter Kit for Chevrolet Small Block

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COMP Cams CL12-600-4 Thumpr 227/241 Hydraulic Flat Cam and Lifter Kit for Chevrolet Small Block

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COMP Cams

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$207.46

How to install a camshaft in a Small Block Ford 302 5.0?

Video Review


Video Transcript


okay the next step in the process of
building this motor as you can see is
the camshaft installation basically to
give you a little bit of an idea of what
we’re working with here this is a Ford
II 303 cam we’re often referred to as a
letter cam II 303 for a 302 roller motor
now here’s the specifications on a cam
and when every cam you buy you get a cam
card that tells you all the
specifications you need to tell your
head shop before you get your heads
worked on what’s going on so you want to
make sure you got your right Springs you
got your your right settings on
everything when they do the hoods so
here we go we’re just basically just
taking a quick look at this cam card
valve setting hot and take zero exhaust
zero max lift and take 110 exhaust is
110 degrees we have a 3:11 lift on the
intake and exhaust with a 498 on the
valve we have a rocker arm ratio of a
1.6 which is exactly what we’re putting
back in it we’re using scorpion rollers
but we’ll get to that later and
basically it just tells you where it
opens them where it closes that on your
on your timing and what your duration is
so you want to make sure you keep this
handy and keep this in your records when
you’re doing your work now you’ll notice
that I already have some assembly Lube
on this that’s because this was already
assembled and I pulled it out to do the
video series for the website but
basically the installation is very very
very straightforward and you should be
very very very careful not to get any FM
or foreign material on your cam you want
to use lint-free if possible you want to
use latex gloves you want to make sure
everything is free of any debris or any
contamination everything needs to be
very clean so what we’re going to do now
is go over to the motor I’m going to
show you the basic installation process
on how to put this cam in and then show
you how to do your timing gears on the
next post I wanted to give a compare and
contrast on the two cams I just want to
show you what we were looking at here
this is the old cam shaft that came out
of the motor and this is a stock cam and
it has spent some time on the floor here
in the garage so it does have plenty of
FM on it but what we’re looking at here
you can see that there’s a wear line on
the
where the roller would not make
connection with the cam and it actually
creates a small groove in the cam and
causes the cam to wear down and and this
is just really just evidence of a high
mileage motor that you know probably
probably was on it’s on its final
destination here so I just wanted to
show you what the old cam looks like in
comparison to the new and you can really
tell the difference looking at them
overall so let’s go ahead and get this
cam installed okay I have you’re looking
down over the motor here at the cam and
you can see my awesome crocks here as
I’m working here so sorry about that but
what you want to have on hand in your
left hand is some of this ultra slick
Permatex
engine assembly Lube this is vital for
this camshaft installation so what you
want to do first is I’m basically just
slipping the cam here into the opening
here and I’m just resting it and what I
want to do actually first here is I want
to get some of this here to the next
bearing back here and I’m gonna stop
putting the assembly lube on and what
I’m gonna do now is in frame I’m gonna
take my latex glove with no FM on it and
I’m gonna move all the lube around on
the cam you want to make sure every bit
of this cam is covered in this lube it’s
very sticky and it’s very viscous so it
sticks on to everything it’s great for
first startup so I’m gonna do now is
just simply slide it in very slowly you
don’t want to make any banging noises
very slow don’t let the Lopes at any of
the bearings you’re gonna feel some
resistance when you feel the resistance
you move it up or down or left or right
here we go here’s it here’s one of the
connecting connection points of the
bearing I’m gonna slip that in make sure
it’s perfectly aligned I’m gonna stop
there stop even though we have assembly
lube on here one more more is better in
this situation so I’m gonna go ahead and
lube here back let it run around and
then I’m gonna take my hand and we move
it all on those lobes again make sure
everything’s real slicked up good and
make sure you use rubber gloves and make
sure there’s no no particles or anything
on your hands I’m gonna go ahead and
start pushing this in again working your
way in
working your way in nice and gentle just
like that we’re gonna stop there again
let’s repeat the process get some ultra
slick start from here move it in get a
good good liberal mount on there make
sure it’s all on that cam nice let’s go
ahead get it halfway in now gentle
gentle is the key here no banging ease
it into this last lobe here now here is
where a lot of guys get kind of tripped
up because you begin the cam is heavy so
you begin to lose leverage so as you’re
working that cam in from side to side
left to right it’s easy but as it gets
down to to the very end of the cam it
starts to become problematic so what I’m
gonna do you show you a little trick
that I do with these cams I’m gonna go
ahead and you can’t see it it’s off
screen but I’m threading in the cam
shaft bolt I’m gonna go ahead and add my
last bit of lube to the cam and that
gear it’ll work this in again like we
did the last ones get all over these
bearings everything good and I’m gonna
start to slide it in just like before
I’m keeping support right here with this
hand okay so we’re going in some more
gentle don’t Nick any bearings it slides
in nice right there is where it starts
to get tough you can see the bolt here I
actually have this for leverage so I’m
gonna try to get this in as best I can
with just my hands I’m pulling up and
pushing at the same time gently right
about there is where you’re gonna get
stuck so now what I’ll try to do first
is just use this as a leverage point
here and kind of pry up at the same time
and maneuver it so let’s see if we can
do it by hand here bingo so what I’ve
done you’ll see here
we’re totally in now so now we can take
out our bolt so what this basically does
is it gives you just that added little
bit of leverage that you need to work
that camshaft all the way into the motor
so I’m gonna unscrew my bolt put it over
here so it doesn’t get dirty and we’re
gonna test it and everything turns nice
this should be no grit or anything you
should feel nice tight clean turns so
now the next important step is getting
these aligned and ready for the timing
gears so I’m gonna cut it off here and
I’ll show you what I’m looking at okay
here’s the next step in the camshaft
installation process this is the cam
retaining ring and it’s two respective
bolts this is going to be the next piece
that you install but before you do that
since you’ve taken this off and you’ve
taken the time to spend money on a new
cam and everything else go ahead and
clean this part up there’s no reason why
this should go back dirty this is the
face of it but this is the part that
actually makes a connection with the new
camshaft and you can see it could be
cleaner I mean it’s not it’s not super
dirty but again why not why not make
everything clean and perfect and new
again so what I’m going to go ahead and
do is clean this up and then I’m going
to show you how to put this back on and
that’s going to complete your camshaft
installation okay if you haven’t done so
already I want to notate a step in the
process here in your camshaft package
it’s gonna come with this little dowel
this dowel is very important because
this is what synchronizes your cam
timing gear so this dowel needs to made
up with this key way in order to make a
proper connection so make sure you
install that dowel and make sure it’s
set all the way into the cam you don’t
need any special tools for it just make
sure you put your dowel in there that’s
a little bit better
that’s after about ten minutes of
soaking and some degreaser and a little
bit of elbow grease you can get that
thing pretty clean now it’s a much
cleaner surface for that cam to made up
to let’s put it on okay now that you’re
ready to put the plate on here let me
show you exactly what the orientation is
here you’ll see on the actual plate it
says back and bottom which means this is
the back of the plate and this faces the
camshaft and this goes to the bottom of
the cam so this little lobe can cover
this here so your orientation is like so
so what I’m going to do now is put some
of that assembly lube on
here and then we’re going to be able to
install it once and for all all I’m
doing is just being pretty liberal with
it it can’t hurt to have too much Lube
on it here so we’ve got a good amount of
Lube here so I’m just gonna simply get
it started with the first bolt sorry
that way I’m gonna get it started with
the first bolt here and then we’ll
follow it up with the second one and
then we’re gonna torque them down fairly
straightforward process guys any of you
guys can do this this is a budget build
we’re doing the e3 or 3d you can get the
e 303 cam for around 200 bucks at Summit
or support your local performance shops
if you can I got mine from gearhead
performance and they’re a bunch of great
guys totally totally well worth it a
little bit bumpin horsepower to get a
little more torque we’re building this
motor for torque so here’s our there’s
our camshaft installed and you can see
everything goes in nice and smooth and
we can move our cam around here and our
next step on the posts are going to be
the timing cover and timing set
installation so I hope you guys enjoyed
this if you have any questions pipe them
down below I’d be more than happy to
answer them and make sure you check out
302 budget build calm and you can
monitor you can watch all this entire
build and see the pictures and refer to
them and everything I try to take
high-definition pictures and everything
else so thanks again guys for watching
and have a great day

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