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Replace one cam or both? or ...replace neither?

Have a dilema at the moment, currently my daily driver 1998 P1 Spider 2.0 TS 16v and 150 bhp, is SORN as im installing a new clutch, driveshaft, front hub, cambelt etc, etc and got to wondering. .....

I currently have an alloy top 2.0 TS 16v top end sitting rebuilt and looking brand new. It has a brand new Variator installed and has never been used. I have to replace the variator on my daily driver and got to wondering ...... Might i just lift the cam with new variator and drop it into my daily driver?

Is this wise?

If not, should i transfer both or neither?

Just go buy another variator and stop being so miserable?

All advice welcomed.
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Quite a lot of Twinsparks need replacement cams due to wear, and I've never seen an engine have problems in the future due to using one from another engine, so I don't see why not. I'd be tempted to put the whole rebuilt top end on, its only going to cost you a headgasket extra over the work you're already doing, and they drive so well after its all been renewed.
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Cheers Dan, i might just do that.
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Just make sure you get the right headgasket. The one that comes out should be a fibre gasket, make sure the one that goes back in is also a fibre gasket. If the one that comes out is a metal gasket then its likely you have a later engine from a 147 fitted, and it should go back together with a metal gasket.
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