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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 12-08-2004, 12:22 PM
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what cam do you prefer?

I have bought a few over the counter cams in past and of varied different brands, but for the past several years, I have chosen to get my cams purpose specific ground by Cam Research in Englewood, Colorado, as they are Ford specialists.

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pretty limited here. i like the brand x Elgin cam in my truck. the comp seems pretty good in my camaro but i have only put about 50 miles on it or less so i dont know. i really loved the crap out of my 270 Iskendarian cam that i had in my truck before. it would wail up to 6300 rpm
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I'd vote for Crane, but the stupid poll says I already voted - which I didn't. We have had a few problems with Comp. One cam had a journal oversized - luckily enough oversized that the cam didn't fit. Another cam had lobe ground irregular on the #1 intake that we discovered while degreeing in the cam. Basically the dial indicator showed that the lobe had a bump on the intake ramp. Both problems were caught at the time of installation. Comp acted like we were crazy until they received the cams back, then replaced them without further coment.

My all time favorite cam? Engle.
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I' running an Isky hydraulic roller this time.
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For off the shelf stuff I either go with Comp Cams or Howards (gotta love the yellow tube from Howards). For the custom stuff it's either Reed, Comp, CamMotion, or CamCraft. Used to love the old Cam Dynamics grinds, you can still get their stock/superstock grinds through Crane.
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Re: what cam brand do you prefer?

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its an engine question.

i know there are more cam manufacturers but thats what i listed.
Well if I'm broke at the time, which is normally the case, I use whatever used cam I got layin around!! But, if I've got the cash to spare it just depends on the motor. For stockers I go for the good ole MP purple shaft. Usually on built 440's I will get a comp. I've snapped waaayyy too many Summit cams to make that mistake again.
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:38 PM
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cam pool

I'm running the 305H with all the matching valvetrain, and You have to heard the sound guys....******* it's incredible....Radical Idle in a 468 BBC with ported head and dome piston...this car is a daily driving beast....(Chevy Nova SS 74)

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Old 12-10-2004, 03:03 PM
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i had a old erson hi flow 1 cam in a 283 that was just bad *****....in a 57 chevy, it ran all over the 80's 5.0's...
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I have tried several different cams and have had the best luck with Isky.
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Hey Cold Knock...I ran with a group of guys in Atlanta that ran with the group of guys that John Reed ran with....He usually rode with Jack (6PACK) Balcomb in his black 55 Belair....
Those were the days.
BTW, I had two roomates in College (Go Bulldogs) that were from Social Circle, Bobby Whitaker and Ned Hamil...I suppose that old Social circle is a lot bigger that when i went to the fish fry at the church homecoming one warm summer night !!!

I can tell you one thing about Comp Cams..They do the right homework. Most of my customers who come in wanting a camshft added to their ride know which comp that they want..If I feel the need to talk them into somthing else, it is fairly clear to them since the catalog does such a good job of decribing different grinds and how they affect a driver !!!
The one that generated the most business was a 67 Impala ragtop with gold spoke 13" wheels on it. I did headers,cam(268H), Intake, carb, Flowmasters, lotsa chrome, and a 700R4, and that changed the car so much, all of his buds from the neighborhood started bringing me their rides. But then he went to prison as did some of his buds, so that ended. It surely was odd being paid in 5's,10's and 50's...

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Just curious, nobody has mentioned the Edelbrock cams. They're known for their heads, intakes and nice looking valve covers, are their cams as good? They're definately marketed to the auto parts store enthusiast.


Who's cams dial in to the #'s they say they are? Or better yet, who's don't? I recall someone saying in a post a couple months ago that they have noticed that certain cam manufacturers cams don't dial to the exact #'s that are on their spec sheet.
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Just curious, nobody has mentioned the Edelbrock cams. They're known for their heads, intakes and nice looking valve covers, are their cams as good? They're definately marketed to the auto parts store enthusiast.


Who's cams dial in to the #'s they say they are? Or better yet, who's don't? I recall someone saying in a post a couple months ago that they have noticed that certain cam manufacturers cams don't dial to the exact #'s that are on their spec sheet.
Edelbrock cams are made by the same people who make Clevite, Melling, etc. The only difference is you pay a lot more for the Edelbrock name.

A lot depends on the timing components when dialing in a cam. I've seen more problems with cheaper timing components than anything else.

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Ok you don't have a choice for my cam brand so I will post it here.

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Even though I have an IN with Crower that lets me buy at W/D, I mostly use Crane cams unless I need a custom design at which time I go with LSM.

One of the local engine builders has a Cam Doctor which he uses on just about every cam he installs in the engines he builds. (He wants to verify what he is putting in the motor and ensure there are no differences in the lobes) He builds a few NASCAR Truck motors and a number of South West Tour car motors. He said he finds Crane's cams to be the most accurate from lobe to lobe with respect to what the cam card states.
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I've always had good luck with comp cams. Called comp up directly, told them what i was wanting and customer service set me up with the right cam lifters gears and chain for what i was wanting to do. The new gears were a few teeth smaller than stock so i called them up just to re ensure myself that they were right, which they were and ever thing else went together fine. Break in went smooth and haven't had any problems since.
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