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Duplex timing chain on Merak

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4/7/2010 9:17:03  
 

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Hi everyone

I am removing the heads on my Merak to change the sodium filled exhaust valves for solid ones.I have found that I need to break the two duplex chains in order to remove the heads and was wondering if anyone knows if the chains have special links for removal or if a special link removal tool is required and if so where could one be purchased from.

Many thanks

Mike
21/11/2010 21:05:57  
 

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hi, just catching up on merak postings and wonder if you completed the valve swop. I'm thinking of doing a top end overhaul over the winter and could learn problems & costs from your rebuild

geoff
22/1/2011 19:58:20  
 

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Yes they do have spring links, note which direction they point and replace them in the same direction,
regards Peter

PS no special tool is needed.


< Message edited by pfenlon -- 22/1/2011 19:59:05 >
25/1/2011 0:12:56  
 

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Hi

I'm not far off starting a strip down and rebuild of a Merak engine to. Makes me think we 3 ought to get together and buy bits in bulk to perhaps get a bit of extra discount?? Not my purpose for writing, just a thought.

I found these on line via the Citroen SM info exchange - the engine teardown and rebuild manual is superb:-

http://www.citroen-sm.org/wiki/index.php/Manuals

With regards

Pete
25/1/2011 23:28:26  
 

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Hi

Thanks for replies.Since I posted original message about duplex chain I decided to remove engine from car.
Currently have it on bench in bits.Have come to a bit of a stop at present as need new main and big end bearings at £300 each set(need to do a bit of saving).Decided to get heads done at engine shop but had to order valves first.A Merak needing work such as mine is definately not a cheap project but o.k if done over a long period of time.
Interested to hear how you get on with your engine work.My biggest concern going forward is putting all the chains back on and getting the engine timing set up right.

Good luck

Mike
11/2/2011 21:44:25  
 

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Mike where are you getting your bearings from please.
15/2/2011 19:02:08  
 

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Hi Peter

I am not sure where to get bearings from yet.
So far the only suppliers I have found are Brodie and Bill Mcgrath.
But looking at around £300 for each set.

Regards

Mike
15/2/2011 19:37:15  

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Hi Mike,
just as an aside; if you're changing you're chains and looking to save money take 'em down to your local bearing and chain suppliers, they'll size them up and cut them to length, new split pins.  Check it's a good quality chain, Regina et-al.  Should be a lot cheaper than anything with the name Maserati attached to it.  I got my Ghibli chains this way, it took about ten minutes and cost about £60 as I recall.

Do you have a Merak shop manual?  it should give info on resetting you cam timing.

Coops.
17/2/2011 18:40:27  
 

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Coops is on the money regarding chains, the 2 top chains are around £30 each and are Reynold, from my local engine shop, but I am getting a chain from Andrew brodie for the front which is 30% stronger and with the oil spray mod will hopefully eliminate chain problems.

17/2/2011 20:30:50  
 

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Hi all

Thanks for info on chains.A great money saving tip !

Regards

Mike
19/2/2011 19:57:36  
 

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Just for your info, I drilled a new oil hole 0.5mm into the gallery supplying the front main bearing, using the tool supplied.  To modify the front chain lubrication supply.

Be aware that the SM engine and the SS engines are slightly different where the main gallery is concerned.

the SS has 3 x 6mm (approx) holes whereas the SM engine has 1 large hole.

The trajectory of the tool with the SS engine, means it just misses the oil hole, it was rectified by drilling a 2.5mm hole in between the original drillings to join the pilot holes together.

If anyone needs pics send me your Email address as I havent a clue how to post on here.
4/3/2011 20:44:23  
 

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Hi Peter

Any pictures would be useful when I get to do this.
My car is not an SS do not know if that makes any difference.

Regards

Mike

email : greemj@ntlworld.com
31/12/2013 1:01:27  
 

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Hi there, I just read your post on Merak SS timing chains. Am rebuilding my 1978 SS and have tried contacting  the owner of Andrew Brodie Eng. re. stronger primary chain and gallery drilling, to no avail. Could you outline the drilling process and whether the drilling jig you used is available for hire. Contact by email would help.
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