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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 5:28 PM Thread Starter
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Pete Jackson Gear Drive

I am going to be rebuilding the Big Block currently in my car. I am have decided on the cam and heads that I will be using but there is one thing I am debating. I have always liked the sound of a "Noisy" gear drive and am considering installing a Pete Jackson Gear Drive.

What are the pros and cons to using one. The car will not be driven a great deal (2000 to 3000 per year).

Should I do the gear drive or a double timing chain?



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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 6:34 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

I had one in my car for about a day. One of the most obnoxious things ever.
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Ive had one for awhile now and I dont mind it at all. Fits in with the whine of the m22. Personal choice in my book

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 7:34 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

You will encounter many opinions but I will tell you that I love that sound. Those that either cant or wont appriciate that sound will never understand. Its just a car guy thing I guess.


-its just like the annoying drone of some mufflers-it can get old real fast.


This one dosent sound to bad actually

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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 8:49 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

I had that set up in my 71 Nova. It was cool for a while and it did turn heads. Got tired of it, replaced with a double roller and sold the gear drive at a swap meet. I guess everyone needs to have one once in their lives.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 9:16 PM
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I had a noisy one for less than a week......

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 9:35 PM
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 9:41 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

They have been around forever. I used them exclusivly in our Race Boats back in the '70's. You could hear it whine over the open headers.

I never had any problems, even with the latest in heavy seat pressure valve spring tech back then.

They actually make a noisy one, and a quiet one. From what I remember, I would go with the quiet one.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 13, 11:05 PM
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I have heard it said that it is for blower motor want-to-be's.
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

Ive had three of them in different motors they turn heads when driving down the road
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

This is going to start a debate. I loved my Pete Jackson noisey geardrive. I had dumped 2 chamber flows with my old 327 and could barely hear it from inside the car but outside was the typical noisey geardrive. I still like them and would run another one but unfortunately PJ went out of business. I would run a quiet one though just because. You will get people who will tell you it creates cam harmonics because of the gear on gear but Ive never seen a engine blow because of cam harmonics. I dont really see the problem. Pretty much the same idea as the gears in a manual transmission or a ring and pinion. Those are both gear on gear.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 13, 5:05 PM
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Those that either cant or wont appriciate that sound will never understand. Its just a car guy thing I guess.
Right, a car guy thing, whatever that means. There is nothing to understand or appreciate; it's some gears in a motor that make a whining noise, it isn't art, science or sculpture. It's not as though liking them means you are somehow enlightened or aware of some cosmic secrets about meaning of life, it's sound and either you like it or you don't, it doesn't mean anything more than that. If OP likes the sound he should use them, if not he shouldn't.
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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 13, 6:21 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

Well said Stu.

The biggest "pro" is rock solid timing which can also be had with a quality roller timing chain. The biggest "con" is you decide you dont like it and have to tear your engine apart to install a chain.

I've been running the PJ "Quiet" version for about 7-8 years and maybe 10-12k miles with no problems. Some days I like it, some days I dont. I loved the way they sounded on other peoples cars... "bad a#s" I think was the term.

Like someone said earlier (paraphrasing), if you think you want one, then just do it and get it out of your system. You'll either love it or hate it. It's what YOU think that matters. It's your car you know? Have fun and post a video.

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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 13, 6:30 PM
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Forget the gear drive. If you want the whine put a blower on it.
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 13, 7:16 PM
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Re: Pete Jackson Gear Drive

I have a pete jackson gear drive in my 355 it's louder than most 671 blowers LOL it's if u can put with it sounds awesome i love mine had it in for13 years still going strong the motor is and i run it hard
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