Cam Repair Needed For 97 SHO

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  1. JimG

    JimG New Member

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    Well it looks like it finally happened...I have a 97 SHO that did not have the cam sprockets welded. Last week I noticed an odd noise under the hood that I suspect is the early indications of the camshaft sprocket issue. The engine is running well so I believe no damage has occurred and it's been parked since then. I talked to my regular auto shop and they aren't familiar with the issue at all. This isn't a repair that I would do myself so I was looking to find a local shop in the metro Atlanta area that might have experience with this. Any suggestions for a local shop that can do this work?
     
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    Doug at Ford Performance Specialists in GA is the only close option I can remember off the cuff. Not far from ATL. Out rt 20 toward 6 flags.

    I would probably open it up and take a look to get eyeballs on what it looks like
     
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    Yep I agree with Luigisho, I literally have only heard about Doug and FPS in GA when it comes to fixing this issue.
     
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    You happen to live near the only good option left east of the Mississippi (of which I'm aware), that being Doug at FPS, Mableton, as mentioned above.
     
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    Doug has done a lot of these and does good work, but do not try to drive it there. You are going to have to get it towed or flatbedded.

    pax, smn
     
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    Thanks All for the feedback. That shop is about 35 miles away so not too bad as I planned on putting it on a flatbed wherever.
     
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    By chance, if you are looking for a nice 1999 SHO with 56K for $5k, let me know. The car is driven by my daughter who would like to upgrade.
     
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    What bank went bad? I have two good heads with cams.....
     
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    Report back with what it looks like/repairs.
     
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    Doug Lewis at FPS can handle your work. He has handled the weld on many Gen 3s, including mine. I had mine done several years ago when the car had around 75K miles. Mine has over 225K now.
     
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    Follow up to original post. I finally got the car over to FPS and Doug Lewis. As suspected, it was one of the cams getting ready to go. It was the bank 1 intake cam making all the noise. Doug said he could actually spin it a few degrees back and forth but it hadn't spun enough to cause any other damage. So, after welding all 4 cams, getting it put back together and fixing a few other issues (ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar end links) it's back home and running great. Thanks to all for suggestions/comments!
     
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    Awesome. Another 3rd Gen saved.
     
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    That is great news!
     
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