The cam comes as a set(both) All you really have to do is roll the engine over until the 2 marks line up. Then look at the big gear and you will see a hole drill between the 2 halfs of the gear. find a drill bit that fits snuggly into the hole and put it in there before removing that gear or the cams. it is spring loaded and if you don't pin it,it will be difficult to reinstall. Reinstall in reverse order with the marks lined up and use assembly lube(should come with the cams.) keep the manual handy to aid with any other issues that may arise. Whatever you do, "DO NOT" roll over the engine without the cams installed
Thanks Dave, that helps a lot. The part that was confusing me in the manual was the part about counting teeth and writing numbers on the gear, etc. Just matching up the two holes makes it a lot easier and less worrisome that I might get something lined up wrong. Worst part now is having to take the valve cover/space/rocker arm/etc off the rear cylinder too so I can pull the pushrods/covers to be able to get those lifters out. i was hoping I could avoid that.
Just trying to get myself a parts list together before I get into this (and figure out how much money I need), so far it looks like I'm going to need:
1 set of cams $410
4 valve lifters $16
moly grease $?
8 various o-rings for the pushrod covers and lifter cases $42
couple of Gaskets for front and back of camshaft cover. $14
Anything else I'm likely to need?
In the manual on page 5-31 & 5-32 there's a bit of a disconnect. It shows the camshaft cover on, how to take out the bolts to remove the camshaft cover and then all of a sudden it's showing how to mic the camshafts to see if they're in spec. When you pull off the camshaft cover, do the cams just slide out at that point?
Probably enough questions for now
Just bear in mind that this is my first time ever doing something like this and I just want to make sure I don't mess it up somehow.
I've read the manual twice again since I posted last night (the post you replied to) and just noticed that there was an instruction to align some kind of timing mark (page 5-18) somewhere while moving the pistons to TDC prior to removing the rocker arms/pushrods, etc. and I didn't do that so hopefully I haven't messed something up there....