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BrownRangers

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You will 100% want to change the timing gears to non-fiber gearset. The factory ones as you can see are held together by a fiber material that in colder climates is know to shear off. Pretty much the only ones still available like that are the NOS Ford Motorcraft gears that no one rebuilds with. The Cloyes brand is the way to go, they actually make most of the other brands gears so just get a set from them.
 


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Thanks guys. I really appreciate the help. I had to give the project a rest for a couple of days. I just got the camshaft out and I am posting some more pictures. Probably hard to see but I think it might be ok.
 

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Does this copper looking ring need to come out ? Looks fine.
 

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That is one of your cam bearings. Yes remove if you are replacing(suggested) no if you are doing poor mans rebuild. The cam bearings on the 2.8 are extremely important to be installed correctly. There are some blind holes that must line up in the cam bearing line bore. If you aren't sure what this means and the cam bearings are removed, make sure you have a professional machine shop install the new ones. You miss the hole you kill your rebuilt engine.
 
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Thanks. I realized after I posted that it was a cam bearing. I saw the others in the bore and I understand about the holes. I am leaning poor man's right now.
 

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I bought an '85 RCLB from a guy in Louisville KY. It came with a 2.8 long block (in addition to the original engine). The price for the rebuild was $1700 from a shop in Ohio that races old Capris. $400 for the one in Atlanta sounds like a smokin' deal to me. I think you're going to spend more in parts to rebuild yours.
 

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I did. There are times when it's been a bit of a downer and other times when it's been easy to work on. A vehicle from outside of the rust belt, even one approaching 40 years of age, is the way to go. I've encountered ONE fastener that I had to cut because it was seized due to rust. One. And, this thing has pretty much had a complete mechanical restoration. The finish line is (finally) in sight.
 

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