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#1 A1111j

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 12:36 PM

Hi everyone I have recently bought a 1971 mini. I have noticed I have roller rockers on the car and then had a look at the timing chain setup and I cant find anything like it online. I was wonder if you guys can help me with this and if some one can advice me on what my valve clearances should be? I am going to attach the photos iv taken.

This is what I know about the car it has a 1275 head with weber dcoe40 and Kent cam 544.

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 12:49 PM

is there anything stamped on the end of the camshaft?

 

ok 544  16 thou


Edited by nicklouse, 09 August 2020 - 12:52 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 12:55 PM

I've not seen a multi plate chain and timing gear on an A series before. Nice.

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 05:46 PM

Think it is a Kent ‘Silent Chain’ set up - as far as I know they’re now NLA for the A series



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Posted 09 August 2020 - 06:00 PM

Think it is a Kent ‘Silent Chain’ set up - as far as I know they’re now NLA for the A series

The gear set does look like my Kent set up. But without the chain.



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 04:01 PM

Thanks guys is that 16thou inlet and exhaust?

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 04:32 PM

The original BMC Special Tuning data sheet gave the valve clearances as 12 thou for the 544. I have set that when I have used a 544 with no issues.



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 05:25 PM

Is that with the roller rockers or it doesn't make a difference?

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 07:08 PM

You’d normally increase the clearance for higher ratio rockers:

12 thou / 1.2 * 1.5 = 15 thou.   (not perfect as the standard rockers aren’t exactly 1.2:1)

 

However we are ASSUMING that you roller tip rockers are 1.5:1 ratio - chances are they are, in fact they look like early MED ones.



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 09:46 PM

the lift of the rockers nmakes no real difference as the gap it there to ensure that as the valves expand due to the heat, there will still be a gap so that the valves will always close.

The only other thing is that the tighter the valve gap the longer the valves stay open. It is only a slight amount and most people ignore it.

On my 1275 'S' I have a 286 cam and 1.5 rockers and I set to 12 thou. Never had any issues.







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