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Old 11-19-2001, 09:00 PM
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Red face 450SL Camshaft

While changing chain guides on my 1979 450SL I decided to change the oil tube as well but the clip which holds the tube to the front cam bearing broke and a small piece went down into the cam bearing and wedged. I have tried picking at it and vacuuming it with a small pump but the piece is wedged pretty solid. Unless anyone has a suggestion on how I might get the piece out I am guessing that the cam bearing will have to come off. The chain and cam sprocket collar etc are off so is it possible to back off the cambolts sufficient to slide the front cam bearing off without actually removing the entire camshaft.
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Old 11-19-2001, 09:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Maryland. USA
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If there is an electronics shop near you, they most likely sell a wide assortment of tweezers. I have a pair that are small and long enough to get down there.

Some of the old heads probably have some ideas. Can't wait to hear them. I suspect that the material is not harmful, but the reduced oil passage size could be.

Whenever I do the top end inspection (ever 30k) I replace those phenalic pieces on the tube ends and ones in between. The original ones were very brittle and did break. The later ones didn't.

Good luck.
S, J.R. Brown
2000 G500 LWB Obsedian Black
2005 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Off Road Sport
1993 Volvo 240 Sedan Anthracite
1980 450SEL Champange (owned it for 15 years. Great car)
1986 280GE LWB Anthracite (Sold it and kinda wish I hadn't)
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Old 11-20-2001, 04:08 PM
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450SL camshaft

Well I decided that I had better try to lift the camshaft and take the number 1 cam bearing tower out. I backed off all the bolts and the camshaft was lifted by the valve springs just far enough for the tower to clear the alignment pins. On retrospect I probably could have left the tower on with the wee bit of plastic in there but anyway for what it's worth it is possible to do it without totally removing the cam.
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