Timing chain....do I need to worry about it? If so how?

Later Model C Bodies - "The Formal Years"

  1. traintech55

    traintech55 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I had the same thing happen to my ex wife with a 1975 fury with a 318. Chain jumped and with it cranking out of time, she thought the battery went bad. Here comes a pump jockey and same thing. She could not understand why the engine made so much noise when it started. She ended up bending 12 of the 16 valves, so timing chain, and a valve job later, car ran great for another 5 years after I sold it.
     
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    if I was you I would replace both the water pump with a new one not a rebuilt & a double row steel timing set . dont do like I did ,wait till it threw the chain it bent every vaivue in the 440 but 3 I had to rebuild the entire motor also u may want to replace the fuel pump push rod they dont cost thar much & it just good insurance while u have it down my new Yorker had about 140k on it but its a mopar service thing if u change the water pump change te timing set too (a stock pump will last about 80-90k miles by then the nylon is off the cam gear ) & its time to replace the timing set .it is what I would do
     
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    I agree on the *NEW* water pump after having 2 come backs with my Napa supplied rebuilt water pumps I stopped installing them, not worth the price or trouble, this all depends on what the 'Jobber' price level you get for the new vs. rebuilt.
    On my $100 beater 1968 Fury III 4dr I skipped the double row for the stock link type chain and when I opened it up I found that there was no nylon top gear installed from day one (fleet vs retail) probably the only reason it still ran at 200k+ miles, so I cheeped out even further and just put the chain on and took the gears back. Just a beater DD by then and it was on it's final days sooooo. :p
     
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    Changed the timing set in my 1965 383 around 1996. I differ with the "pretty easy" statement in an early answer. You must remove the radiator to get room to pull the damper off w/ proper tool, remove water pump housing, and probably the oil pan to get a good seal, which likely means jacking the engine up, thus perhaps change motor mounts. I wouldn't go in there unless planning to fix everything. Also the perfect time to consider upgrades like camshaft & lifters, new intake, silicone oil pan gasket, alum water pump & housing, and such. I recall my 383 had the nylon-toothed upper sprocket (for less noise) and all the teeth were intact after ~30 years though perhaps the tooth tips worn a bit. I have a different block in the car now.
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Not on a formal, plenty of room for puller.
    Don't get spooked by this post. A 65 fury is a way different animal than a formal Chrysler.
    You don't need upgrades like aluminum water pumps and housings on a car we're it takes 2 people to lift each bumper, by itself.
    They make I timing gasket set for a BB /Hemi, it works well, no need to touch the oil pan bolts on the block.
    Changing Camshafts in a 7:1 compression 400 is not going to do anything, think no more about it.
    Your 400 has a excellent intake, just like M1 dual plane, but in cast iron.
    I would stick to changing the chain because you have the time and it's just good insurance after 40 years.
     
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    Yea the BB is easier to do because you don't have that new rubber oil pan to timing cover seal to compress like on the SB engines.

    But wait, we can turn this simple timing chain replacement thread into a full blown engine rebuild thread can't we?

    Has the OP looked at the freeze plugs yet? WE NEED PICTURES!

    :popcorn::soapbox::popcorn:
     
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    Even though this is unrelated to your timing chain, you may want to have a spare ignition control module if it hasn’t been changed. Or maybe change it and keep the original as a spare.
     
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    Needing to change a 40 year old timing chain ended up with this.....

    20181013_104547.jpg
     
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    Davea Lux Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I bet it runs better now.

    Dave
     
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    Many thanks. Will do.
     
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    When i was 27,and had a pick up truck,i tore apart a 78 NYB,in a Honda dealership lot,I pulled all 4 doors,and both bumpers off,all by myself.Those bumpers,oof,are really heavy.Just enthusiasm and hormones.heh.One of the best days of my life.It was just fun.The last NYB i had,had all the great chrome i took off that car.The grille inserts,hood ornament,bumpers,VIP wheels.I signed the car over to Vinces auto parts in 94.The car needed drive train work and i wouldn,t lie to people about the condition.My original NYB just wouldn,t start one day.And a few years later,i stripped that car of parts,i believe the timing chain broke.One day I,ll have another.Need another year or two before i do.B.B
     
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    Oh just a little bit. LOL!

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    Vince's on Route 7?

    I know where that is. I have found a few parts in there years ago.
     
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    Vinces in maryland off philadelphia rd.It,s great finding parts,isn,t it.:thumbsup:
     
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    I once got 20 mpg with my 74 Newport. However, I had to drive carefully. Gentle starts and stops, no kick downs, coasting when able and staying at or below 55. This Newport had the highway gears and carter thermoquad 4 bbl..

    It was more fun to kick it down and hear the roar now and then. The difference was now getting 10 to 11 miles per gallon. The main difference was more the smiles per gallon.
     
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    It doesn't hurt to change to a CLOYES dual roller chain and gear set. Most likely the original would be ok. The issue is that it is 40 some years old, you probably do not have the full maint. record, and by pulling the cover you can check for interferrence, replace the gasket, and inspect the woodruff key.

    I would change the waterpump, pressure check the radiator, change all hoses / clamps / belts, and coolant. Tune it up -change plugs, fuel filter, set idle, carb ok?, kickdown linkage ok? fuel lines / connector hoses. Look at brakes, brake lines (flex and solid), brakes, master cylinder / fluid, pack and adjust wheel bearings, flush. Check charging system and battery for output, bearing noise etc., change tranny fluid / filter, check tran. cooler lines etc.. Check drive shaft, grease u-joints. Check differential and change fluid. Shocks? Look at gas tank / straps /cap / vents. Throw in a basic support kit of tools, fluids, liquids, maybe a service manual, fuses / fusible links and some wire and connectors. My experience the more you prepare the less you repair. Get some good smiles per gallon
     
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    318 is a pretty good engine. A weakness they have is the distributor shaft. It snaps and distributor stops turning. Fragments can end up in oil pump and tears follow. Most pump jockeys aren't mechanical beyond jumps or oil change.