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Old 06-18-2019, 11:18 AM
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Oil pump to gears clearance

A bit of background, my '73 360 j4500 had extremely low hot idle oil pressure when I first got it. I replaced the oil pump gears with a Melling kit and and dressed the filter adapter as it was scored, it still had only approx 5 psi hot idle with 20/50 oil (cheap mechanical gauge) I checked crank bearing clearances and all came in within spec apart from one big end that was about 1/2 thou out. I have pulled the timing cover off as motor is out at the moment and plastigaged the gear to adapter clearance and I have 4 thou.
I know you are shooting for 1.5-2 thou ideally but how much of a difference in pressure is around 2 thou less clearance going to net me? I'm pulling the cam tomorrow to check condition of the cam bearings.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:17 AM
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I think I found the issue, front cam bearing delaminated and the rest worn.
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I think I found the issue, front cam bearing delaminated and the rest worn.


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Cam bearings

Didn't change cam or rod bearings, I have great oil pressure for a while, then its gets hot (normal) and she goes way down.. I think I'll try a man. gauge and see what it really has.
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