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Old 01-19-2018, 12:12 PM   #1
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Here are a couple of pictures of the cam holder tool to help with timing that I just made. I think it came out pretty cool.

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Old 01-19-2018, 12:18 PM   #2
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Don't they sell that tool for little money ?
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Nurex makes such a tool for about $10.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:25 PM   #4
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Nurex makes such a tool for about $10.
That's it.
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:48 PM   #5
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Guys, I live in the middle of nowhere. I have a napa store about 5 miles away, but everything else is at least thirty miles away. Besides that, the idea of buying one when the tool I made was simple and fun to do doesn’t make sense to me. Buying online takes time to recieve the item and is somewhat iffy. Also, buying online can take as much as one to two weeks to receive the item where I live.


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Old 01-19-2018, 02:02 PM   #6
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Thats a very nice job Wingski. And I would far rather enjoy the pleasure of a good home made tool than a bought one personally, too.
But I understand others may consider it a waste of time, if a similar tool can be bought cheaply.
However wrestling with metals is what I and many others enjoy as just one aspect of old car restoring. There is a certain satisfaction for us in holding and using a nice tool, and this feeling is heightened when that tool was crafted personally or by a friend.
Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:04 PM   #7
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Gees Mike, that's it, you're gonna have to drop everything and move closer to me. I have dealers real close to where I live. Plus lots of tools.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:13 PM   #8
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Guys, I live in the middle of nowhere. ... Also, buying online can take as much as one to two weeks to receive the item where I live.


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...two weeks to receive the item when buying on internet ??
I think you don't live "in the middle of nowhere", you must be living on the moon.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:37 PM   #9
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The nice thing about the NuRex tool is that it set the timing for you. Very easy to use.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:55 PM   #10
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The last time that I checked the cam wrench sold for ONLY 1.25 and the Nu-Rex wrench ( pictured ) is for timing the engine is sold for 10.50 .......
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:16 PM   #11
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I used old rotor with hole in center--- free and easy---
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:43 PM   #12
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Good for you, nice job !
Anytime that a guy can help himself and make what is needed, I applaud that effort !
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:41 AM   #13
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Nice job. I also like homemade tools. After drilling the hole, how did you make the lug for the notch?
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:36 AM   #14
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Very nice looks like you are a expert with a die grinder
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:02 AM   #15
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I have the same question that Tom has about the lug. Jack
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:16 AM   #16
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Thanks, I appreciate you guys who realize that it is fun to make something by yourself and have the only one that is exactly like it in the world.

The aluminum I used is 3/8” thick, and I cut it from a big piece using an angle grinder. Then, I used my table grinder to smooth all the edges. I put the tool in a vice and drilled the hole so the cam would fit in it fairly tight but would not bind. Then, I took a small thin tipped punch that had been sharpened to a point and punched two holes on each side of where the slot was on the cam. I did this on both sides of the tool. The punch actually stuck in the aluminum and penetrated almost 1/8”. After that, I used a blunt chisel to flatten that small piece and force it into the openng. I used a small trianglular file to square off the edges on the protrusion and a small flat file to square it off. I was able to get the actual hole just the right size by using a small round file.

By the way, all those files had been my Dad’s, and I thought a lot about him as I used them.

I am very proud of what I made as you can tell, and it is worth a lot more to me than $10.

Thanks again for your interest,

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Old 01-20-2018, 10:16 AM   #17
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I think just making some of this stuff is therapeutic at the very least. The inconvenience of living in the Cave Junction area is well worth the commute. I lived a few places in Oregon that were well worth the 40 minute drive to civilization.
Good job on your rural shop tool.
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