I could use some help trying to degree a factory camshaft in my Datsun. All I have is this image (link below) which should suffice but where are these readings of intake/exhaust opening and closing taken? .020" lift or .050" lift??? If its .020" I'm showing 5 degrees Atdc instead of the specified 14 btdc if its .050" its like another 15 degrees off. I just want to make sure before I make adjustments and button it up! This is a A15 engine http://datsun1200.co...hotos/20179.jpg
Degreeing an A series oem camshaft help!
Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:06 AM
I think you should search online for those instructions. I doubt you will find any Datsun specific info, but it sounds like you need basic theory first.
On an A motor, it's easier to degree the cam with the head off, but if the head is on, you just set the dial indicator at the tip of the pushrod.
And you say factory camshaft...? Why do you need to degree a stock cam? And where did you find stock cam degree specs?
Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:40 AM
None of my FSMs (factory service manual) show any valve clearance specified so it must be a direct reading on the cam lobe where it starts and ends. Most cam makers specify readings at a 0.050" lift. Naturally a reading at 0.050" will be far after the beginning and before the end of the actual lobe ramp.
Usually the crank and cam sprockets are marked and the number of links between them specified in the FSM. Just follow this.
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 11:39 AM
All my HKS, JUN, TRD, and Toda cams call out .25mm lift (.010").
No one in Japan uses .050", that's just for American pig-iron V8s.
.020 isn't out of the question for an OEM to use.
"All of a sudden it started making noise, then started losing power. I limped the car home and tried to get it up the driveway, the engine just died."
Why do people do this?
A $100 tow bill is never as much as the extra damage you cause by trying to "limp the car home".
Don't be that person !
Posted 19 November 2017 - 11:45 AM
I shouldn't have to explain why anyone is degreeing a stock cam. Manufacturing throws a lot of variances into clearances. If you've ever built or blueprinted an engine you'd see this. Adjusting the cam, even a bone stock one to account for these variances can yield more power and driveability.
Apologies. The wordage in your first post implied that this was your first time around the block. Adding that you were using an adjustable cam sprocket may have been enough.
There are plenty of cam timing threads going on here right now, and I am a strong believer in proper cam timing, so I hope you get the info you're after. I was thinking you were installing a stock cam using stock components, which would have been easy enough.
Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:06 PM
Just trying to maximize what I've got, no hard feelings. This is a rare A14E cam I got from Malaysia, which is a newer "GX" cam... Hottest factory A series!
Posted 20 November 2017 - 12:45 PM
I'd just look for a 106/107 Intake centerline. Maybe as low as 104 if you want more top end and less bottom end.
Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:37 PM
If that one doesn't have what you need there is also in for it will be Rennteile81 there are a couple of years check datsuncherry.ch