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Old 06-20-2013, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by MouseFink View Post
I broke in a GM Pontiac Ram Air 4 hydraulic flat tappet camshaft with 1970 GM Pontiac Ram Air III dual valve springs. Those springs had 125 lb. seat pressure and 325 lb. open pressure with 1.5:1 rocker arms. I set the lifter preload while the engine was still on the engine stand. After the engine was installed, it started immediately and I took it to 2500 RPM and held it there for 10 minutes. The cam survived the break-in period.

That was about 10 years ago using Crane Cams Moly-Paste #99002-1 on the cam lobes and distributor gear with Valvoline 10W-30 All Season motor oil. The motor oil did not have any more ZDDP 10 years ago than it does today.
Yeah I intend on running Rotella T for break in and even throw a little zddp additive in it for safe keepings... Rotella T and many of the other hd-fleet oils still have all the good additives in it.
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