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#1 poncho62 ONLINE  

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Posted October 04, 2015 - 08:08 AM

I am rebuilding a 16 hp Kohler in my Ford LGT....Turns out the cam has a crack in it. I have a couple of other old blocks, a 12 and 10 hp.....Are the cams the same as the 16....or at least will work?....Anyone know?



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Posted October 04, 2015 - 09:02 AM

Check your manuls for the part number of each of the cams.  If the number is the same they will work.  If each has a different number, probably not.


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Posted October 04, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Either cam should work if there all points engines and have single piece cams.

 

Make sure to swap out the cam pin and reinstall the Shim or shims if needed.Your cam pin could be bent or scored if the cam cracked.

 

You don't want to put a cam in that doesn't have a Points lobe if your running points.Tried that once it doesn't work :wallbanging: :rolling:

 

Make sure to oil up the pin and inside or the cam real good when you install it.You don't want to start it with a Dry cam pin.The cam will Gaul fast to the pin and spin in the block.It makes a horrible squealing sound just before it snaps the cam in 1/2.

 

Don't ask how I know.Lets just say it was one of those days.Hey I learned something from it though.


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Posted October 04, 2015 - 05:43 PM

 

 

Don't ask how I know.Lets just say it was one of those days.Hey I learned something from it though.

Does it help to pull the plug wire and crank it over a bit before starting it?



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Posted October 04, 2015 - 08:47 PM

I thought it was the 16HP cam that the pullers wanted for their 12HP ones to have  modified into "cheater" cams;  that tells me the 16HP ones start out "bigger". so putting a 12HP cam into a 16HP engine might be a downgrade.



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Posted October 04, 2015 - 08:49 PM

I thought it was the 16HP cam that the pullers wanted for their 12HP ones to have  modified into "cheater" cams;  that tells me the 16HP ones start out "bigger". so putting a 12HP cam into a 16HP engine might be a downgrade.

 

It's the 18hp OHV K series singles that have the hotter cam, that's the one pullers want.



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Posted October 05, 2015 - 09:03 PM

Does it help to pull the plug wire and crank it over a bit before starting it?

 

 

Couldn't hurt since it's a Splash lube engine.

 

 

 

 

Some Kohler Magnum 16 engines have slightly higher lift on the cam lobes but still the same duration as a stock 10-16hp K series.I'm thinking that was for the LP engines.

 

Ya the K361 OHV 18hp Cam is the Cam that pullers go after.

But in all reality it cheaper to just get a stock cam welded and reground By A-1 Millers for $100-$130 VS buying a 18hp cam for around $180+ if you can find one.

 

A-1 Miller offers a Re-ground exact duplicate K361 cams for $75 + your cam or $125 without your cam.



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Posted October 06, 2015 - 05:53 AM

Thanks for the info guys.....I had a look at the engine in our machine shop yesterday for a minute.....My guy had the cam in it, so I guess it fits....lol






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