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Camshaft regrind or new??????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CheatersPete, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Hi all

    I'm working on my new flathead project...

    286 cubic inches...

    The question is , do you think i buy a regrind cam ...or go with a new one like isky....

    if some of you have good adresses for camshaft regring, let me know..

  2. Big Tony
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 3,590

    Big Tony

    A buddy here in Texas (53Ash) had his cam re-ground and is badass with no problems BUT the machinist that did it was very good with many years of experience and impecable reputation. So my advice would be know who you a dealing with before you jump in and if he is good then go with it. The guy here only charged $40 which is a whole lot cheaper and like i said its a badass cam. Hope this helps ya.
  3. Flatdog
    Joined: Jan 31, 2003
    Posts: 1,285

    Member Emeritus

    Pete, I aways go new.I will only use adjustable lifter from Reds.
  4. I sent my cam to Crane for a regrind, I have had no problems with it.
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  5. HemiRambler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 4,033


    I had ISKY regrind my last hemi cam - it's never given me a moments trouble.
  6. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,966


    We are just breaking in our 8BA with an Isky 77B which is VERY mild. We used all new springs, retainers and all with adjustable lifters. The thing runs SWEET!
  7. Villlage Idiot
    Joined: Dec 30, 2005
    Posts: 408

    Villlage Idiot

    Pete. Most of the early flathead cam grinders didn't have access to new cores so they reground stockers. In fact the baddest-ass flathead cam ever, the original Potvin 425 Eliminators were ground from 32 Ford cams.

    I had H&H Flathead grind me a Winfield SU1A cam a few years ago. They're here on the HAMB. Good luck.
  8. From what I've heard, 99% of the cams are reground. I know you can get cams ground on new cores from Cam Techniques but the $$$ sure go up. Id just swap your core for the re-grind of your choice.

  9. The cam in my hemi was reground by Crower. No problems.
  10. Had EGGE machine regrind my 394 Olds cam, cost about $75clams, 1/4 the price of a new one. Ended up bending some valves during break-in, only because of valve to guide clearance issues. (Ross machine said they needed to be .0018, which is crazy for most modern engine. Crossing my fingers for a successfull roadtest in the upcoming weeks. Engine ran sweet till it heated up.:eek:
  11. Jack Ford
    Joined: Aug 24, 2009
    Posts: 5

    Jack Ford

    The reason the engine rebuider of my Merc flathead chose a re-grind instead of new is because he says the origonal Ford material is far superior to the new material. Has anyone heard of that reason?
  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 21,469


    I think Big Tony nailed it when he said it depends on "who" does the regrind. With the sometimes suspect material in new castings these days I'd have to think using a good original stick and having it reground by a respected grinder would be the way to go.
  13. Had Pete 1 grind me a 425 out of my stock cam and man is it great, plus he's quick also.........
  14. Larry W
    Joined: Oct 12, 2009
    Posts: 638

    Larry W
    from kansas

    Just like the others have said,90% of old flathead cams were regrinds. Select a cam to fit your needs and go from there. The advice of Mr48chev is right on.
  15. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,914

    Ole don

    Berry Cams in Lester Prairrie MN did a cam for a 286 8BA for me, a wonderful cam, and a great price.
  16. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 7,585

    Atwater Mike

    Dean Moon partnered up with Chuck Potvin to mfr front drive blower systems, and Chuck brought along his cam grinding operation. After Chuck (and Dean) died, Chico carried on the 'Moon Cams' service...For the Potvin Eliminator grind, he still requires a '32 Ford cam core: They were steel, all other flathead cams were nodular iron.
    Dean and Chuck had a large stock of '32 V8 cam cores. But they were pricey...
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 241


    Just a "heads-up", but you have another recent player in the Flathead cam business.

    Comp Cams, and they also have the Nailhead pieces now as well.

    I know Johnson tappet supplies Comp with many of their lifters, so I'm assuming these will be available with their Flathead cams.

    Being a Comp dealer, I know they do the Nailhead's as custom grind if necessary and most likely the Flatheads as well.

    Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

    P.S. Have used numerous Isky's (Flathead's) through the years, never a single issue. Have one Isky recently made some decent power on a 292" stroker.
  18. flatmotor40
    Joined: Apr 14, 2010
    Posts: 441

    from georgia

    I had Reed Cams here in Ga to regrind the cam out of my flathead and have been well pleased and used adjustable lifters from Speedway.Told Reed that I wanted a good lick to it and he gave me what I wanted
  19. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,868


    Just to let you know, there was a recent thread about how off spec new flathead cams are. The OP ended up having his stock cam re-ground.

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