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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 01, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering changing my Ultradyne cam. The original 327 350HP cam of the 60's had a 4* retard built into it. Would I benefit by retarding or advancing the cam I have or replace it ?? Thanks, Tom

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 01, 10:11 PM
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It really depends on what you want and what you expect out of your engine. Are you pretty happy with what you have now, or want more low end torque, or more hi end power, or something in between?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 01:58 AM
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An old engine buider's trick is to insatall cam where you want it. Install cylinder head w/gasket, and valve train on one cylinder, use two solid lifters, adjust lash according to cam manf specs.

Bolt on starter and battery, screw in compression tester.

Crank engine over, take reading. Keep advancing/retarding cam to find highest compression reading. Now you've found the sweet spot for max power.

Advancing a cam brings out some more torque, retarding a cam makes HP, drops torque alittle.

As Travis asks, what do you want? I'd go for torque, check your seat-of-your-pants meter!!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just not real impressed with the performance of this cam. I've thought about changing to 1.6 rockers to increase the lift. Would this help ?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 09:52 AM
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That is a funny way to do it but Im nut sure if it is right because for every 2 degress you advance the cam you get 5 more crank compression PSI so if you advence it 10 degrees up will have 25 more PSI and if you go the other way you will loss 5 PSI so if you take out 10 you will have 25 PSI less, and I know if you advence some cams to much it will hurt them even if the PSI is higher.
I would just have that came Straight Up, Chevy put some of there cams advance 4 degree because they were made like that, if you have the cam card for you cam it will tell you what to put on.


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