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View Poll Results: what cam do you prefer?
crane 53 22.36%
comp 129 54.43%
crower 21 8.86%
summit 11 4.64%
lunati 23 9.70%
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Old 03-29-2004, 02:04 PM
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The Summit cams are the same grinds that were availble from Wolverine which was bought by Crane and god knows what ever happened to it now. I'd sell more Crane stuff but they don't help those who would want to sell their stuff at all.

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I've used several different "white box" and name brand cams with no troubles at all. Only "problem" is choosing the right cam for the application.
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What about Isky and Engle? I have run Crower, Comp, Crane, Lunati, Isky, Engle. The only cam related problem I ever had was with a Crower solid roller on the street.

My three favorites (in no particular order) would be Engle, Isky, Lunati.

I also agree it really doesn't make much differencewho grinds it as long as the cam fits your needs.

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I like crane cams but i dont like thier lifters push rods a rockers as much as comp.
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Old 03-29-2004, 06:57 PM
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I know this is a poll on cam brands but i cant resist you all obviously know much much much more than i ever will about cams and engine mechanics in general. I have a brand new (newly bored) engine never been cranked or even lubed up. The previous owner built it to street race he said. It has a 882 head and 282 crane cam. I am looking to go smaller i think. I dont want a beast of a truck at this point in time. To be honest i just cant justify the cost of gas and go to college at the same time. Now maybe in 5 years when i am out and have a new daily driver and my c10 becomes a play toy then i will go all out power....Anyways my question is as follows

What brand and sixe/model should i run on a new cam. I want better gas mileage than has been predicted with the 282. My setup is a chevy 350 with a 600cfm edelbrock carb. Dual flowmasters, headers, th350 trans with mild shift kit (brand/model uknown) and the rearend is undetermined at this point in time. I want this truck to still be quick, but gas is king right now. Thanks
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I don't yet know a lot about the pros and cons of the different brands and grinds of cams, but a buddy of mine had an '82 Camaro that had an Erson cam and oversize jets in a stock quadrajet carb. It didn't have a noticeable lope to it, so there was little overlap, but it was stout and sounded WICKED when the back barrels on the quadrajet came alive. He got rid of it several years ago and I still miss the sound of that car
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In the past I have run Crane, Alliance( that was one stout cam) and right now am running a Lunati. Now they all have their pros and cons and everyone has a favorite. The guy that does my machine work is suggesting a custom grind Isky for my GTO when I get started on my new engine. Cam manufacturers grind cams for just about anything out there and what may make power in one engine may not make perform the same in another, there are so many variables that can attribute to that, so I'm not going to say which one is best because they all have good grinds, and they all have their faults whether it be bad lifters, or soft cores. One thing I have noticed with the Crane is that it takes too long for them to get broken in and start developing power, Lunati needs extensive ignition modifications for them to perform plus their power band is very narrow and peaks way to early. And at times a car will perform better with a stock grind cam than an aftermarket in the case of my 70 SS 396 Chevelle back twenty years ago, went through the 396 and bought a new Crane cam (one of the old Fireball grinds) and the thing wouldn't make any power above 4500, stock I could turn it to 6200. It all depends on what you want and how you plan to use your vehicle.
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Overall,I like the comp cam,better lobe survival I've found,and I usually like 112 or less lobe separation in most cases,but thats me. It really does depend on what your looking for in specs. Years back it was a common thing for me to get mine custom ground because I couldn't find just what I wanted,but anymore it seems there is such a wide variety,closer to how I used to have them ground spec wise,that I just need to look a little harder and I'll find near exactly what I wanted. For a inexpensive grind with good basic specs,the summit cam-lifter sets cant be beat I don't think,wish they had a bigger selection but,oh well.
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:03 AM
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hey brainsboy...where are the wheelie bars for that 240Z of yours?? nice ride, that is a lot of power for such a small car....yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!


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Z wheelie what?
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As I stated before Crane and most of the others that sell white box cams do not grind them. The energizer series is a white box cam in a different box. I've been to the factory that does grind them, I used to buy them for $17.00 each in quantity. Camshaft companies only grind custom stuff. Drag, NASCAR, rollers etc.
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Just to back up whats been said,open a summit catalog and view the specs on the performer plus and rpm for 86 and back small block Chev's,then look at the summit cams,hmmm,seem familiar? By the way,edelbrock numbers look very crane like as well. Gotta love marketing.
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Old 03-30-2004, 11:34 AM
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Holman Moody cams all the way!!!!
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Where can you get details and specs for Summit cams? I know it's a stupid question but the summit site tells you very little about their grinds.
The other thing is the SigErson cams were huge over here in the eighties, and think were big in the US as well. Does the brand still exist? I remember the TQ series grinds. There was the entry level TQ10. But if you wanted a lopey idle you'd go the TQ20. Then there was the TQ30 for the bad meen mother lol.
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