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Offline 1983stepside

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what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« on: January 05, 2009, 04:03:57 PM »
im building a 1983 chevy c10 stepside and im putting a 1987 350 in it its stock besides a edlebrock rpm intake it has bout 60,000 miles and it is a 4 bolt main i wanting to know a decent cam that has a rough idle that i can still run on pump gas and dont have to build the entire engine im wanting some power and a rough idle but i dont want to spend a lot of money right now also what would be a good ste of headers for the same motor in my truck thats lowered 3 inches in front and 5 in rear o and im also gonna be puttin in a gear drive and it will have a edlebrock 600 or 650 eletric choke carb thanks for any and all info you guys may have for me, also im sry to be askinfg so many questions and to have so many posts its just im 21 and the first time i ever tried a rebuild and i want to do it right thanks again 8)

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 05:29:12 PM »
download this http://www.compcams.com/camquest/default.asp and see what it recommends

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 05:45:27 PM »
That was one long sentence! Since you want to keep it cost effective and don't wanna rebuild the engine run a summit brand cam. Why the gear drive though?
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 05:51:01 PM »
LOL. I had to read it real slow too. No biggy. Maybe he wants to hear it with the gear drive or just wants to lessen the chance of a chain stretching. I had it on a 70 Monte when I was younger. I miss that car.
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Offline 1983stepside

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 09:03:26 PM »
ya the reason i want the gear drive is cuz i like the way it sounds and sry the i made my post so long and i wanted an idea of a cam to use not a link to figure it out on my own i like the way a rough idled motor with a gear drive sounds and the little bit of extra power the cam  8)makes

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 09:06:07 PM »
o and i dont have to pass any emissions or anything hope someone can help thanks

Offline ccz145a

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 09:48:52 PM »
get a summit cam with close to the same specs as the performer rpm.

afraid the rough cams require more compression than stock and will be a dog.
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009, 05:01:19 AM »
You will get very quickly annoyed with the gear drive.
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2009, 06:31:14 AM »
He might not. I never got tired of mine. It was not much different then a blower wine. I had the noisyer Pete Jackson gear drive.
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2009, 02:55:34 PM »
i deff wont get anoyed with the gear drive cuz my body had one in his trck before he sold it and i loved it if i didnt like the way it sounded then i wouldnt be puttin one in my truck 8)

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2009, 11:11:50 PM »
I'd definately check out the summit brand cams, but figure out what RPM range you want and how much cam your springs will hold.  You'll probably want something with .500 lift or less so you don't have to upgrade to better springs.  I think I remember reading somewhere that the lower LSA is a bit rougher.....as in 108 will be more "lopey" than 115.  Sorry I can't suggest a specific cam, but my buddy says he enjoyed his Performer cam in his 78 LWB.  I never got to hear it or see it, but he said it was nice. 

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 09:06:40 AM »
thanks team finaly some one to help on this topic instead of telling me everything but what i wanted to know i mean iasked a question bout what cam should i use not about a gear drive and thats all any one wants to talk about but thanks for the info now i have some where to start thanks again 8)

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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 09:30:03 AM »
thanks team finaly some one to help on this topic instead of telling me everything but what i wanted to know i mean iasked a question bout what cam should i use not about a gear drive and thats all any one wants to talk about but thanks for the info now i have some where to start thanks again 8)

That's a pretty lousy attitude you have there. We already recommended a summit cam and I asked why you wanted a gear drive. If you want help people are going to ask you questions back to get a better idea of what you are trying to accomplish. It would also help if you used punctuation to allow everyone to better understand what you are asking like adding a ? mark at the end of a question.
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 10:28:24 AM »
 Bullet cams has a small lopy cam #101268 LC 110 .458 lift, They used to be called Ultra Dyne. 662-893-5670  A small company with great service. I have used there cams alot. With just about any cam upgrade you'll have to replace the valve springs. And use a quality lifter. Make sure you deg that cam in, using a gear drive it will be off when you think your putting it in straight up.
 You will have to modify most any set of headers you buy, seeing you have lowered the truck. All the headers I have bought or seen have one collector that is straight and the other is bent down, there never perfect. The hooker's I have on my elcamino where screwed up, I took a sawsall and cut a wedge out of the collector  near the flange and welded it back up. That made it straight.
 I'm not a big fan of the gear drive either(or edelbrock carbs), I have a Pete Jackson Quiet type and It sucks, I'm just too lazy to change it, I have all the parts and a bigger UT cam waiting, maybe in the spring.
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Re: what brand of cam should i use or you recomend
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2009, 12:44:24 PM »
That was one long sentence!
Vile,
I was just thinking the same thing!
I am seeing quite a bit of that with the "Next generation"........Because is now "Cuz", and buddy is now "Body"
Anyhow, 83stepside,
  the 87 engine that you are using, Does that have the swirl port heads?
Jim
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Jim
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Comp 260H cam
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