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Old 07-09-2015, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Cam Design & Grinding 101

Yesterday I had the good fortune to meet "Pete" who posts on this Forum and spend some time talking with him about cams and the ability to change their profiles to suit our needs for making HP. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and seeing how the cam grinding machine changes the lobes and heel to make an engine perform differently made it easier to understand how a stock cam can be made into a performance cam. Thanks Pete for taking the time to explain the art of cam grinding and sharing your racing experience. The hobby is lucky to have folks like you and others here on the Barn who retain the knowledge and skills that we benefit from to keep our jalopies on the road and to give them a little more pep.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:18 AM   #2
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So that's what the old coot looks like!! Seriously, it is always very inspirational talking to the experts in their field; I for one always devour Pete's posts on the barn, now I know what he looks like, I feel like I almost know him!! Only thing is, he don't know squat about me lol. Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:30 AM   #3
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Your are a lucky guy to meet and spend time with guys who have there and done that
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So now tell us what grind is the cam he is grinding in the pic :-)
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:32 AM   #5
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Very cool!
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:21 AM   #6
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Is that a Van Norman? Pete made some beautiful cams for me. One of them a 425 Eliminator on my 32 steel core which, SADLY, is still resting in the drawer.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:50 AM   #7
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Cam design is a black art, and only a few have it. We may disagree on some things, but thanks Pete, your one of the few.
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Thanks for posting the pix and THANK YOU Pete for all that you do to keep the "lope, lope" alive. You are a treasure.
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Old 07-10-2015, 11:23 AM   #9
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I worked for a small cam grinder back in the 50's ( Dom Ravese ) always wish I had stayed with him . I can remember him borrowing "masters" from Howard.
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Old 07-10-2015, 11:36 AM   #10
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Cam grinding is a science, that to this day, I do not understand how it is done. I guess I'll leave that to the guru's of cam grinding!
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:25 PM   #11
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Is that a Van Norman? Pete made some beautiful cams for me. One of them a 425 Eliminator on my 32 steel core which, SADLY, is still resting in the drawer.
No, it's a Storm Vulcan Hydraulic with digital feed/readout.
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So now tell us what grind is the cam he is grinding in the pic :-)
It was a 1007B.
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