Well I finally removed my camshaft from my t due to the amount of play. My fear was confirmed when the micrometer indicated how badly worn it is. When I looked at Langs the largest bearing was .003. Mine is out by .014. So my question is there larger bearings or do I bite the bullet and get a stipe standard camshaft? My lobes are worn badly as well. Just hating spending $385!
From the sounds of things, only 2 things to do. Either find another good useable cam that is acceptable to use, or buy a new stipe. I had about 15 used cams to chose from but I still bought a new one.
I was afraid that's where I was going to wind up. We'll based on the amount of rattling it was doing I am excited to hear the difference with the new cam.
Glen Chaffin sells a reground "Driver" cam for $95 exchange. "The Driver Grind is designed for touring applications where good low end torque for climbing hills and improved performance at moderate high speeds is desired." That's from the 2010 catalogue, so it may be a little more now.
My 13 camshaft had the same problem.. loose in the block..
I was advised to use brass shim stock to take up the play, and I got the regrind from Glen Chaffin... The Driver.
This way I got to keep my original cam with its made in Canada stamp and get a camshaft that will perform like new.
Hope this helps,
I got the Chaffins regrind and I measured the journals when i got it, the first two spot on .748 the third .746 the cam is consistant from lobe to lobe. I just hope it runs well. For sure the least expensive route, and people seem to like them. It come with the thrust plate plates needed to install a reground cam as well
How do I get in touch with Glen?
Just Pm'd the info
Thanks Justin, I just emailed him.
I think Chaffin's has a total staff of two. If you don't get an email response right away, you might do better to talk to Glen or Dave by phone. (951) 735-4791
Give us a call anytime. Our phone is always buisy so it may take a little while to get through. But we are always glad to help Our reground cam is the best available for all around Model T driving. It performs as good as the new cams and is 1/3 the cost. Our new cam performs slightly better than the reground but costs more. Performance specs are available on request.
Just email them at: email@example.com Sometimes when things are busy it is easier for them to respond with an email. Very good guys to deal with. Knowledgeable and very helpful.
Here is the Driver reground camshaft. it came with a thrust kit and instructions as well.
I also got new bearings with the optional fitment charge so I know its correct.
1913 Touring (Canadian)
I agree with Justin about getting the cam bearings pre-fitted by Chaffins — minimal cost and, in my case, a substantial savings in time..
And... Change your oil more often.
Some nice reground cams available in Spokane from Ford-N-More or from Antique Auto Ranch. I've had very good luck with them. Several choices in grinds from stock to improved to touring to race.......Tell them what your needs are.