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Is The Cam Drive Belt Or Chain?

Discussion in 'Elio Drivetrain' started by Sephord, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. W. WIllie

    W. WIllie Elio Addict

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    That one I totally agree with.
    Plus the carb was not insulated good from the heat of the exhaust headers and engine so it would "perqulate".sp, (like the old fashioned coffee pots)
     
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    And how did you fix it if you were on the road with no parts, tools or ice? Wooden Clothes pins.
    You clip the pins on the fuel lines, and they would act like a heat sink. I used to have to do this on my 1942 Harley on really hot days. I'd store them up, under the seat.
     
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    Yep that worked for me once. I also used a 5 gallon jerry can siting on the dash of my motorhome (cover off-lots of heat in the summer) as a fuel tank that used gravity flow for the carb. so i could drive about 100 miles to get a fuel pump.
    (Redneck Engineering temp.)
     
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    Except it's hard to reset the auto tensioner without removing the front cover.

    Belts can be better. I had a Volvo, and I changed the belt in less than 20 minutes.
     
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    Dont know if they stretch, but I know the rollers wear, and that will change the length of the chain.

    I wore the large sprocket on my Toyota motor.
     
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    This is just a personal question, if it's an Auto Tensioner, why do you have to reset it? It an AUTOMATIC tensioner (aka spring loaded) so shouldn't it reset on it's own? It just didn't sound right to me, sorry.
     
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    Lol... It springs out to tension the chain as it lengthens... a new chain will be shorter so the tensioner has to be reset. Oh, I just realized the reason for your confusion. They are on a ratchet spring so the tensioner can extend but can't go back in without being reset. It keeps the chain from just pushing the tensioner out of the way.
     
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    I've changed the cam chains on the Lotus's many times and never had to go through that is why I asked (Note The Louts 16 valve 1600cc 4 Cylinder engine is dual overhead cams)
     
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    Been a while since I messed with timing chains, but when I replaced the chain I had to replace the shoe on the tensioner. 1957 Austin Healey 100-6.
     
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    But didn't the tensioner have like a nylon and bakelite runner on it?
     

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