Originally Posted by hcompton
Sweet ride looks cool.
Have you tried giving it a little less gear with the cam you have. Since your going to change the gears anyway.
Four speed auto trans would solve alot of your issues. And let you keep the cam that works. No room in the tunnel?
The summit cam: one search onthe internet for wiped summit cams and they dont look as cheap. That being said i do see ppl running them. But i think the advertised duration here is trying to help you out. 274 By letting you know its going to drive like a big cam sep it will fall on its face just when the other cam was setting you back in your seat. Still bad idle still will need gears. You would be better with a longer duration and wider lobe center. Idle would smooth out and off idle power would come back so gears could be changed to a much lower set. I have seen a cam with these specs before and it was the wild racing cam for stock heads back in the day. Sounded good but boring power. Often sold as 3/4 race cam to ppl that dont know any better.
I would call comp and have them run the numbers on a nice roller for the car. With smooth idle and good power. You will be on the phone for an hour but will be worth it. A cam considered strong for efi car my be the best bet.
Either you will make power with crazy idle or smooth and less power. Not much way to make a cam sound big and still be streetable.
Hyd flat tappet Have you looked at the Comp thumpr cams they will still need some gear and idle is bad but may be more of what will work with your ride. They also are fast not just poorly timed. But many ppl think they are crap. So who knows. Llight car and gears it will be right where its made to be with 3.73-3.08
Thanks! A roller cam would be nice, and I love the sound of them but for now, I'm going to stick with a flat tappet.
Originally Posted by F-BIRD'88
I would change the cam to a summit cam #1103 if you want to use a stock 2100 stall 12" converter and
drop the gears down.
214-224-.442-.465 112 LSA good idle, good fuel mileage, good cruise, good power right from idle to 5500 rpm.
You will find this much more civil in daily driving yest makes very good power when you rug it.
Fine with a stock converter. 3.08 to 3.55 gears are fine in your light car.
The car is light weight . Its still going to GLH.
I had this cam in my 350 vortec motor with 3.42's. Its a nice cam that works well.
How you design your exhaust system makes a big difference in how you enjoy driving the car.
I spent quite a bit of time doing mine. The mufflers are custom home hand built. The overall result was very good.
makes power yet doesn't drone or get old.
I agree with the other poster. Try just reducing the gear ratio, first. Your car is very light.
Then if you decide you also want a tamer more civil camshaft try a similar Isky cam #201264/271-12 "264/270 Mega Hyd"
Isky cams and lifters are high quality. This cam will still make a ton of power and torque in your V8 bug.
And cruise a lot more civil. 264/270 214-221@.050" .450"-.465" 112LSA
Thanks for the suggestion. I've tried my current cam with a stock stall and 3.08 gears when I first got her running. I didn't quite like how it wanted to pull me through stop lights. With manual brakes, I really had to hold it down and fight the car. It still did GLH though even with that setup. It would throw me back in the seat and light em up just by stomping on it.
Originally Posted by F-BIRD'88
Did you ever get a track time slip on this car?
What is the rear tire diameter?
When you drive on the hiway, what speed do you drive at?
Unfortunately, I've yet to take it to the track. One of the reasons for wanting to tame it down and turn it into a weekend cruiser.
I don't have a speedo in the car, so I'm not sure how fast I'm going at freeway speeds. I do know the engine RPMs are screaming at freeway speeds though.
Rear tires are 275/60/15.