While trying to crank with the scan tool attached to OBD, it was registering around 100rpm's, which seems about right since my car has always been kind of sluggish during crank...but the point being that it was definitely sending a signal, which tells me that it was working.
After doing some research, found that the sensor reads off the gear, not the camshaft, and that people have said that it will run without a cam position sensor, but will have a 'long, hard crank."
By a long crank, how long are they talking? 10 seconds or more? Because I stop at around 3-4 seconds of crank time, the reason being the fresh rebuild and am not certain the oil pump is circulating oil to the new bearings at such a low RPM; worst case scenario, I would hate to burn through the assembly lube and roast a bearing before I even got it running, so I won't crank it for more than about 4 seconds.
I know for a fact, that the diagnostic tool was picking up a crank position signal during the cranking procedures; and nothing - NOTHING - was coming from the cam position sensor.
Checked all my fuses at the block in the passenger side engine bay - is that all the fuses present? are there more in a kick panel inside the car or under the hood elsewhere?
Is it possible to install the camshaft gear on backwards, or is it dished and can only be installed one way? Maybe I have it put on backwards and the timing bumps aren't present to send a signal to the sensor. Are the magnets located in the gear itself, or within the sensor? or both? and random thought...assuming the crank position sensor is operating (since it is giving a value on the scan tool), even if I had mechanical timing off internally, it should still send a spark, just at the wrong time...correct?
at any rate, I won't be able to get a new cam position sensor until Wednesday. I suppose until then it will just be a wait and speculate game.
ugh...i hate electrical gremlins