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Old 03-21-2002, 09:40 AM
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Question A cam dilema

Since I don't really know too much about my Mopar 440, I spent a little time in the university library looking for information. Lucky for me they have shop manuals going back to 1940! I found basically everything I needed except for the cam specs. An interesting note is that this engine is rated at 195HP@3600RPM's ( ) but has a torque rating of 320@2000RPM's.
Also, when I was looking at valve lift, all they had was for the 440 High Performance engine, which I'm pretty sure mine is not!! (well, at least it isn't yet )
So, if anyone knows what the stock cam was in a 1978 Chrysler 440, leave me a message or send me an e-mail. It's not going to be very big as this was smack in the middle of the whole emissions era. Any recommendations on a cam?

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I have an old spec book that lists the information on a 1978 440 stock cam. There are a whole lot of specifications so if I miss what you are looking for let me know and I will take another look.

Rocker ratio - 1.50 Valve lift Intake - .434 exhaust - .430 Intake valve timing - opens 20 degrees BTDC, closes 60 degrees ABC, duration 260 degrees. Exhaust valve timing opens 70 degrees BBC, closes 18 degrees ATC duration 268 degrees, overlap is 38 degrees.

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So what kind of duration should I look for in a cam? I want to go slightly bigger than stock, but small enough to not kill me as it will be a daily driver.
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Jegs sales Mopar performance parts Purple Shafts, which make excellent cams. The 2 lightest profiles are (1). .268/284 duration .450/.458 lift (2). 280/280 duration .474/.474 lift. Either of these would make really good street cams with out sacrificing reliablity. On a Mopar engine, I would say you could probably go even hotter without sweeting it since V8 Mopar engines for the most part are bullet proof.
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