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Old 09-17-2010, 10:30 AM
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Another Cam Question

This is probably a dumb question, but I can't seem to find the answer and I knew the gurus here would know...
How do I store a cam? I know there is a particular way to do it so as to not damage it, but I don't know how. I haven't taken it out yet, but an planning to soon. Its a 274 cam in a 327, its still good, I'm just going with something different.

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If its used you can take it out and make a nice lamp door stop out of it- shouldn't reuse flat tappet cams unless you match the lifter and run it in the same block.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:26 AM
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This is probably a dumb question, but I can't seem to find the answer and I knew the gurus here would know...
How do I store a cam? I know there is a particular way to do it so as to not damage it, but I don't know how. I haven't taken it out yet, but an planning to soon. Its a 274 cam in a 327, its still good, I'm just going with something different.
First, assuming this is a flat tappet cam, realize that when re-using the cam that the lifters must be kept on the same lobe they have been runnin' on and that the cam must be used in the VERY SAME BLOCK that it came out of. There are small variances in lifter bore angles relative to the centerline of the cam bore that will preclude the use of that particular cam in any other block without running the risk of poochin' a lifter. Folks who buy used flat tappet camshafts are simply paying too much for a good doorstop.

As far as storage, grease the snot out of the cam, wrap it in crumpled-up newspaper and store in a mailing tube, sealed up with shipping tape. The lifters can be stored in a dedicated plastic tray such as you use to keep lifters organized during an engine build or you might use a cardboard egg tray (1 1/2 dozen eggs) with the lifters tagged as to their location in the block, then sealed up in a plastic bag.
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:21 PM
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Thanks. I was not planning to run it in anything else, just wanted to have it just in case I didn't like the new cam.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:25 PM
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Mark the lifters with 1-8E (exhaust) and 1-8I (Intake). If you should get them mixed up or your not positive which one goes where, you can put a new set of lifters on a used cam with a new cam break-in procedure.
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To answer your question in regards to storing it, make sure it is well oiled (all over), put it back in the box the new cam came in then lay it flat on any safe surface. Ditto with the lifters after they are marked as described above.
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I have heard of people storing guns for long periods of time safely wrapped in oily rags and sealed in pvc drain pipe capped on both ends. You could even bury it in the ground if you had a tractor and auger. I guess a cam would need a very small size drain pipe is my point, making a nice little case for it! I just wanted to throw that in. I don't have forty-eleven guns buried in the back yard or anything.

I sure hope my humor dosn't offend anyone
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I have a 6ft floor safe for my guns, but thats an interesting thought since I don't have room for any more in it. Not offensive at all... that was some serious shade-tree muh-kanikin'... ha! I'd probably forget where I buried it...
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Hmmmm, ....Roxanne....North Mississippi....changin' cams....armed to the teeth....hmmmm....will you marry me?
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Better think twice tech, occasionally it snows in N. Mississippi !
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Hmmm, no response from Roxanne, so apparently she's pretty cold on the idea also....
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I have a 6ft floor safe for my guns, but thats an interesting thought since I don't have room for any more in it. Not offensive at all... that was some serious shade-tree muh-kanikin'... ha! I'd probably forget where I buried it...
Thank you, that is a nice thing to say as I am quite proud of my shade tree skills! Improvisation is the mother of invention they say
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Actually, the saw is: "Necessity is the Mother of Invention". W/regards to Plato. And Frank Z.
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Well "they" told me wrong then, thanks! I just learned something new!

Maybe improvisation is the bastard step child of invention lol....
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McGyver is the father of improvisation...
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