Would this work in practice as a cheap way to replace timing chains in cars?
- Punch out one of the pins on both the old and new timing chains (its not a bike chain so it would take a Dremel to cut the rivet's head off.)
- Attach via wire the new timing chain to the old.
- Roll the chain through until you are holding both links.
- Detach old timing chain.
- Put pin back in new timing chain, then spot weld that pin into place.
I thought of this because it is a lot easier to thread a new chain through as opposed to taking off all the pulleys, but if that pin that was removed and put back comes out, that would mean big trouble, perhaps a blown engine.