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Old 01-26-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

i remember back in the 80s calling and ordering one for my s/b ford that worked great...
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

i ordered a small solid roller for a sbc back in the early 90's....even talked to chet it worked nicely in my little flat top 383 .....till a rod bolt decided to part ways with a rod...... it nicked a lobe pretty good....and pretty much ended the cams future.... brandon
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

Yes, I've had at least one of his cams.
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:22 AM   #4
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

You can't go wrong. Especially for the price and service.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I Have Used A Couple And They Ran Really Good.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:58 PM   #6
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I ran a Chet Herbert roller tappet cam in my Cadillac powered Henry J in the late fifties and early sixties. Worked for me.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:59 PM   #7
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I've got one in my Olds Dragster, it's work OK, for the last 48 years !
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:50 PM   #8
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Balanced and blue printed 12:5:1 sbc with M/T aluminum rods and a 9500 shift point. It opened and closed perfectly.!!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:19 PM   #9
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I had Chet Herbert grind me a cam for my last blown alcohol SBC. Donnie from Chet's shop knows his stuff! He has been grinding cams from 40+ years

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:29 AM   #10
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I had an SR1 (solid roller, .505 or so lift, 300 or so duration) in a SBC 350 for a few years. It ran really well and pulled hard in a '65 A-body. It busted a rod but the cam worked great. Definitely worth looking into for the personal service at Herberts, especially if you're in SoCal and can stop by there.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:51 AM   #11
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

first ran into Chet in the 50s when I used his roller in a dragster. then in the 70s when I was building engs. many a flat tappet cam of his in the southeast, because I liked them. he was the one that told me in the 80s there were only 3 companies making lifters. Great man.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:45 PM   #12
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

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Donnie from Chet's shop knows his stuff! He has been grinding cams from 40+ years

Yes, Donnie is Don Johansen, son of the Howard Cams founder, Howard Johansen.

I had the pleasure of meeting him this weekend while I was out for the GNRS. I bought a Herbert billet solid roller cam from him for my 392 Chrysler....it's a beautiful piece. I'm sure that he has the means to grind pretty much any cam from looking at their equipment.

He told me that he started in the business at 6 years old! He's super knowledgable and just a genuinely nice guy.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:24 PM   #13
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Used a Herbert roller in an Olds engine in a '52 Ford "whiskey car" in W.Va. in the mid1950's. Was a good engine - good power and very reliable. Would run really hard for long periods and still maintain power.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:28 PM   #14
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Had one re-ground for a 312 ford. $35.00.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:42 PM   #15
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

In the 70's had some Herbert stuff and it was just fine.

But in the last few years had a hydraulic Chet Herbert cam in my El Camino. Cam went flat and mushroomed lifter ruined block. Herbert would not honor warranty.

Also had roller cam in drag racing engine. The rollers wore grooves into cam lobes. Herbert himself would not warranty but one of the guys who worked there took care of me anyway.

I don't think they make anything anymore. The roller lifters were made somewhere in the midwest. Lifters are now made in China.

Cams are junk nowdays..don't use 'em.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #16
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

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I've got one in my Olds Dragster, it's work OK, for the last 48 years !
That's all well and good, but how's it gonna hold up in the long run!
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:59 AM   #17
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I have used Chets cams for many years and all rollers for the BB Ford.I imagine I have at least 20 different profiles over the last several years and they all made good HP. I didnt like the springs he had but the cams were as good as most and better that a lot of cam grinders. One great point was Chet was always available and had the knowledge to have the answer as soon as you ask the question..
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:04 AM   #18
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

I've used a couple different SBC and BBC roller cams and lifters from Chet Herbert. They all ran very good with no problems. We even sent one back and had it re-ground and it was better.

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Old 09-06-2009, 10:30 AM   #19
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Default Re: how many have used a Chet Herbert cam?

Speaking of Don Johansen, I met him at the Red Garter in West Wendover this year during Speedweek. What a great guy. His customers are like a who's who of racing and hot rodding.

He's still making cams and will make anything for any engine, all his cams are made one at a time. And the price is reasonable for what he's doing.

Here's a picture of his business card, it's aluminum and laser engraved!
If you can't see the small print, the phone # is: 909-815-9185.

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:28 PM   #20
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Good Cam,.......Good Cam!
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