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This is kind of a repost from the michigan chapter forum however..

Anyone interested doing the PI cam swap in a 96/7 this may be useful.

Im just going to tell some tips, things people forgot to tell me, and who knows.

Well today i completed my pi cam swap. I think i was the first guniea pig to try out the Anderson Ford Motorsport cam install tool. It is basically a timing chain wedge so you do not have to pull the timing cover. (this only works if you have romeo PI cams to install, windsors have pressed on sprockets and the timing cover has to be removed anyways) , in actuallity once everything was out of the way, each side of the cam swap only took about an hour to do. and that was taking my sweet old time, making sure nothing moved or i didnt mess anything up. The hardest part honestly is just removing the valve covers, you need a 1/4 inch drive sockets, extentions, and universal joint for about 6 of the bolts total to get anywhere near taking them out. another thing that nobody mentioned to me till after i had the cams in, was that the bolts for the cam to sprokets are different sizes between NPI and PI cams, i had to order those from the dealership for 7 bucks for a pair of bolts and another 7 bucks for the pair of washers.

If you come across a good set of pi cams this can all be done very inexpensively.

My total cost-

Pi cams 48 shipped
New bolts and washers-15
valve cover gaskets-54
and thats basically all i used. (if you want to add on the cost of the too) it would be an additional 30 bucks.

so total im looking at 150 bucks, a couple hours, few beers, and its all taken care of.

If anyone would be interested in getting that tool from me, just pm me and we can arrange something, such as you paying what i paid for it shipped.

if there is anymore questions, let me know!
 

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few beers huh? are you old enough to drink???:D

nice job. enjoy the new found power.
 

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First thing I bought for my car was the PI cams, reading about you doing it, and with the cam holding tool makes me want to set some time aside and do it too. I need to get the 89 back together so I have a ride in case something goes wrong. I have the Ford version of the timing chain holding tool, PI cams, spacers, washers, the proper bolts, valve cover gaskets and a need for more HP.

But I have a stripped kitchen, and the fridge is outside on my carport, so I will assume that my wife wants the new cabinets installed, a counter top, the floor, new appliances, etc done first :(
 

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its alright, we all have things that need to be taken care of first...ive been waiting about 3 months to put these in, and finally had everything and the time i needed to put these in.
 

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LOL Well, I don't have a wife to worry about. But I don't have any sheltered place to work. So I'm waiting for the weather to clear up! (Probably lookin' at May)
 

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Do you have the part numbers for the PI bolts and washers?
 

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i had them, but i threw away the packages, i just called the local ford dealer and said i needed the cam sprocket bolts and washers for a 99 mustang gt...

7 bucks for 2 bolts, and 7 bucks for 2 washers.... (they come in packages of 2)
 

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Where in the picture does the tool get wedged in between the chains? If any one has could pin point the area.





 

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yeah I couldn't use mine actually... I got the tool in there and the damn thing would hit the edge of the front cover so I couldn't get them to slide forward enough. So we ended up just pulling them off and holding it in our hands. But should definitely do the PI intake swap as well. Nothing like another 30-35HP :) Have a good one man and enjoy it all. With a tune you can enjoy it VERY much. As long as you have a TC that can handle 6K RPM.
 

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Thank you sir, I now understand that step that little more...sent you a PM.

Just got my PI cams and bolts from Casper, thank you again. Can't wait to put them in when it gets warmer.
 

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FunktasticLucky said:
yeah I couldn't use mine actually... I got the tool in there and the damn thing would hit the edge of the front cover so I couldn't get them to slide forward enough. So we ended up just pulling them off and holding it in our hands. But should definitely do the PI intake swap as well. Nothing like another 30-35HP :) Have a good one man and enjoy it all. With a tune you can enjoy it VERY much. As long as you have a TC that can handle 6K RPM.
You still have yours? I would like to buy...
 

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Josh, if you do get one I'm going to be needing one by Early May. (and someone who's used one before would be nice to :D )
 

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No prob bob (Mike), I'll let you know! :D
 

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LOL Josh, if you want to buy one, I'll pay for half of it. Then we could just kinda have it as a "traveling" tool for those club members that want to do the cam swap. Whoever wants to use it, just has to pay shipping to whoever has it. No point in any one person buying the tool to use just once.

Think it'll work? Or would the tool just disappear in someones garage never to be seen again?
 

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you are probably right. Ahh well, its a nice thought.

Josh, the offer is still good to pay half. At least we could get some use out of it. I already have my cams sitting in the garage waiting for warmer weather. (first weekend of May).
 

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We'll see when the time gets closer to warmth, just had 2 inches of the hated white stuff and it's like 10 out. I'll shoot you a PM in late February, but yeah that sounds like a go. :thumbsup:
 
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