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Old 01-11-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default DIY Cam Holder for Phase 1 DOHC motors

After messing around with clamps and wrenches to do my timing belts for years now, I finally got around to building a cam holder tool, for about 15% of the cost of buying a pair from SPX.

Each side takes 2x 17mm sockets, 2x 5/8" x 2" bolts, 2x 5/8 nuts, 2x 5/8 1/4" washers, 2x 1" x 7" x 1/8 steel flats



I can take better pics if anyones interested in making one. Total cost was about $25, assuming you own all the necessary tools to make it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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this is awesome!
i have used my own elaborate solution . this one wins!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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Yes, please show more.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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This looks really cool. Post more pic.s and show us all now this thing works!
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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A pair of $1 vise grips work just as good.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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A pair of $1 vise grips work just as good.
Um, how do you figure that?


Here's a better pic of the tool.



Basically the sockets are free to rotate normally (they're welded to the end of the bolt), you slip them onto the cam bolts, tighten down the nuts and it locks the cams in place.You can then slip the belt on without worrying about the sprockets suddenly leaping half a rotation while you're trying to align the timing marks
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Maybe a dumb question, but why the thick rings between the flat bar and the sockets??

Why not use deep reach sockets, and use a bolt with the head sticking out the back (through the squarehole a ratchet normally goes into).
That way you do not have to have access to a welder.

Also, what is the CtC of the holes in the flat bar, as I am hella making one for future use.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:19 AM   #8
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So you can hold the cam in place with one wrench while you tighten the nut. Give it a try tho! Spacing is 5.0 inches
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:45 PM   #9
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Nice rig, I may put one together
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:23 PM   #10
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Oh I get it this is to help hold the pulleys so that they dont move while installing the timing belt. I thought it was to hold the pulleys so you could take off the cam gear bolts. Kindof a big contraption just to hold a pulley still. I guess if you do it allot then it makes since.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:53 AM   #11
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Kindof a big contraption just to hold a pulley still. I guess if you do it allot then it makes since.
I used them a couple weeks ago to do my water pump and it made it soooo much easier. You can use the bolts to make small adjustments to the cam gears to get the timing bang on, then just slip the belt on. It was a treat. It used to take quite a bit of time and frustration to get the timing marks all lined up and the belt on without something slipping out of place.

I install a timing belt at least once a year, usually more. For someone who does one every 6 years, no this wouldn't be worth building.
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Do you need to build two to hold each side?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #13
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No, only one would be needed. I really like this idea, Did you have any trouble welding the sockets? I know back in highschool I built a ghetto t-handle welding sockets to the end of steel. The sockets gave me a real hard time welding.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:37 PM   #14
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No, only one would be needed. I really like this idea, Did you have any trouble welding the sockets? I know back in highschool I built a ghetto t-handle welding sockets to the end of steel. The sockets gave me a real hard time welding.
If you get the chrome finish off they should weld just fine
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