It wasn’t the cams themselves, it was the where they rode in the head, the cam bearing surface I guess? I don’t think I do. I tried to remember to snap as many pics as I could but sometimes just got too caught up in working on it. I read quite a bit about it. If you search on the forums you should find some info and some reputable people saying that the surface where the cams ride has to be pretty messed up to be unusable. And if you smooth them out they should be fine. The motor I’m working on in the journal is already done and I’ve put 13,000 miles on it at this point so it can’t be hurting much. Just remember the cams are riding on a layer of oil not the surface itself.Do you have any before pics of the damaged cam journals?
I had sort of the same tapping sound when I parked mine, but it went away if you revved it a little. Wonder if I’ll find a bearing in my oil pan too..My motor failed the same way. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be following along.
How did you do the main seal with it on the stand? I was wondering how people went about that when I finally got mine on the stand. Seems like the one thing you can’t really get to properly.