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Old 09-01-2008, 12:02 PM
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Used Camshaft

Anybody have any luck using a camshaft from one engine & putting it in another?
Does Core Shift play a role in how the lifters wear?
I noticed that the lifters aren't always drilled uniformily...

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I know of a camshaft that has now been into 5 different engines and it`s still being used. But, I sure wouldn`t have done it, I consider it a miracle it`s worked as many times as it has. Cheap as cams are, there`s no reason not to buy a new one.
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The price is so nominal I don't recommend it,
even though it has been done many times.
If it fails, consider the cost of repairing the mess as well as buying a new cam and lifters anyway.

The worst engines I have seen is the lifter bore alignment in the small block Chevy. I have seen some more than .040 out of alignment from the factory= As well as the fact that the cam is not securely retained at the front of the block. The cam floats against the lifters for alignment.
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It's not a good idea. If you must, be sure to mark the lifters, so that when you put them into the 2nd engine, they go back on the same lobe of the cam as they came out of. Maybe you'll get lucky......
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You can do it, providing you use new lifters. Keeping the same lifters is a mistake A specific lifter bore location from one block has no bearing on the same location on another block. If the cam appears in good shape (or known to have low mileage), get new lifters, use your cam break-in goop and chances are high it will be fine.

For 100% guarantee...buy a new cam and lifters (as the others say above)
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