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DIY Classic Mini Camshaft Articles

Camshaft Kits Designed to Save You Time and Money (Engine)
Save Time and Money on our Top Selling Camshaft Kits for Your Classic Mini Want to save money  and time?  Then these Camshaft Component Kits are just for you.  From Timing Belts, to Gears, Performance Lifters, and Kent Camshafts,  we put all the parts you need for the job you're doing into one convenient kit.  It's a win, win, win!Questions?  We're happy to assist you!  Our expert staff of specialists are available by phone at 1-800-946-2642 or through email.   Classic Mini Duplex Chain Gear Kit Lightweight For Camshaft Drive  This budget standard cast duplex gear and chain set is the next step up, for road use only.Part: C-AJJ3324 A-Series Engine Vernier Timing Belt Drive System By MED    Replaces the tra...
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Camshaft Theory by Elgin (Engine)
Considerable information has been recorded about numerous aspects of the four stroke internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, only a small percentage of people really understand how it works and even fewer still know how to modify an engine to suit their needs. I will try to simplify this complex subject by discussing some basic principles that may be overlooked or misunderstood by the average pe...
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Classic Mini Catalog from Engine Components to Rods and Pistons (Classic Mini Catalog)
@[email protected] Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: 11MM.Catalog.POWERTRAIN-B.33-38.pdf...
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Classic Mini Cooper CAM TIMING - with video (Engine)
To avoid lots of swearing and unnecessary damage, check the timing gears slide neatly onto their respective bosses. If tight, first check for any high spots in the gear bores and key-way slots. Clean out using with fine emery cloth, medium Wet 'n' Dry paper, or some such. Remove the Woodruff keys then dress the bosses using abrasive material as mentioned previously. Re-check fitment before re-fitt...
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Kent Camshaft Fitting & Timing Rules (Engine)
Kent Cam Timing: There are a number of different methods of cam timing. We at Kent Cams use either the 'Lift at Top Dead Centre' method, or the 'Full Lift Position method' Full Lift Position method: For many years the most commonly used method has involved establishing top dead center (TDC) as a datum (zero degrees) and positioning your camshaft with its inlet valve at maximum l...
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CAM TIMING - Mechanical Method (Technical Information)
  Equipment required Stop plate mechanical stop plate for setting TDC (see text) Set of feeler blades. Terminology TDC - Top Dead Centre, when piston is at highest point in bore BTDC - Before Top Dead Centre, before piston reaches highest point in bore ATDC - After Top Dead Centre, after piston has reached highest point in bore   Accurate piston position indication is the fi...
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Choosing The Right Timing Set For Your Engine (Engine)
Over the decades, Minis were produced with several styles of timing chains as requirements for performance or durability with bigger engines and heavier valve springs dictated.  The early small-bore engines used a single row chain and sprockets that were "tensioned" by two rubber disks affixed to the larger camshaft gear.    These placed axial loads on the chain, acting ...
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Camshafts - Scatter cams, pros and cons (Engine)
To scatter or not to scatter, that is the question. This whole 'scattering' deal has befuddled many. The only real prose produced on the subject, and 'advice' handed out by many so-called 'specialists' tends to be somewhat tainted with large chunks of mysticism - inferring there's some kind of black art involved. The simple fact is the principle is very basic and easy; it's getting a cam with the...
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Camshaft Glossary (Engine)
 This Cam Glossary was created by Elgin Cams to help provide our clients  a tool which they can in turn use to decipher all the cryptic acronyms used in the cam grinding industry. Hope you find it useful. ABDC:  Crankshaft degrees After Bottom Dead Center. ADVERTISED DURATION:  See: “SEAT DURATION.” ATDC:  Crankshaft degrees After Top Dead Center. AREA...
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Timing Chain Replacement for A-Series engines (Engine)
A-Series Engine Timing Chains Explained Building an engine is very much like most things in life - the more effort you give to attention to detail the more likely you will get the results you want.Whether you are installing a new stock or performance camshaft or even simply rebuilding your motor with the stock camshaft, one of the most important things you can do is get the valve timing correct...
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Classic Mini Cooper Camshaft drive kits page 39 (Classic Mini Catalog)
Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. If you would like to view this information in our complete 84 page color catalog- Click here This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: /Mini%20Mania.Catalog.BELT-dRIVE.39.pdf...
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Classic Mini Cooper Crankshafts & Bearings -page 36 (Classic Mini Catalog)
Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. If you would like to view this information in our complete 84 page color catalog- Click here This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: /Mini%20Mania%20Catalog.Crankshafts%20&%20Bearings.36.pdf...
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Classic Mini Cooper Camshafts - page 37 (Classic Mini Catalog)
Find a Part No. in the catalog below.  -  Type or copy/paste it into the search box to find it on the website. If you would like to view this information in our complete 84 page color catalog- Click here This browser does not have a PDF reader installed. Please download the PDF file to view it: /Mini%20Mania%20Catalog.Camshafts.37.pdf...
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Camshaft Drives (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
Fitment of an uprated cam drive system is essential when building a performance orientated engine. Timing scatter induced by the standard set up can reach up to 15° once the single row chain has stretched, which it does after only a few miles. This scatter not only affects the cam timing, but also the ignition, the distributor being driven by the camshaft. Power loss suffered by this phenomeno...
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Camshaft timing using a dial indicator (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
Rotate crank so piston one is at the bore top (TDC). Fit timing gears 'dot-to-dot'. Set up DTI with stem resting on number one piston centre with a little preload. Rotate crank backwards slightly (anti-clockwise looking at the front), then gently forwards observing the DTI, watching where the needle stops before descending. This is TDC. Repeat this procedure, stopping when the needle reaches its z...
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Who is Kent Camshafts (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
Who Is Kent Camshafts Put simply they are manufacturers of all types camshafts, specialising in motorsport, short production runs, pre production prototypes and one off’s, however their in house manufacturing expertise extends to valve retainers, adjustable cam pulley’s, valve guides, chain gears, poly-v belt pulley’s, cam followers and shims. They also offer a be...
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Why is a camshaft like the heater in your house? (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
Why is a camshaft like the heater in your house? If you were building a house how would you decide what heating system to install?  If you built the house without glass in windows you would need a very large heater.  If you built the house with no openings except a door you may need a different system.  If you built the house to live in Alaska you would need a different system alto...
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Kent Camshaft Timing (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
Kent Cam Timing: There are a number of different methods of cam timing. We at Kent Cams use either the 'Lift at Top Dead Centre' method, or the 'Full Lift Position method' Full Lift Position method: For many years the most commonly used method has involved establishing top dead center (TDC) as a datum (zero degrees) and positioning your camshaft with its inlet valve at maximum l...
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Duplex timing chain kit, C-AJJ3323 (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
The front place will have to be countersunk as shown "X" to take the screws CMZ407, which will replace the existing hexagon headed screws, which would foul on the timing chain. Check for clearance on chain all round and align gears as per workshop manual. When using "A" plus timing covers, there is a small round pressing at the bottom which needs making flat to allow timing chain clearance.Ensure ...
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Duplex timing chain kit, C-AJJ3325 (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
CONTENTS:- PART NUMBER          DESCRIPTION                            QUANTITY C-AEG578                   Camshaft sprocket, li...
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Duplex timing chain kit, C-AJJ3327 (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
CONTENTS:- PART NUMBER                            DESCRIPTION                         QUANTITY C-AEG578      &nbs...
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Adjustable belt drive timing kit, C-AJJ3328 (Engine Drivetrain Exhaust)
The ubiquitous toothed belt cam drive system, originally developed for use on high performance race engines, is now generally accepted as the norm on all state of the art, modern engines. The application of this drive system gives very accurate ignition tming and quiet running, advantages that do not diminsh with time. The fibre glass reinforcing in the belt all but eliminates the stretch suffered...
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