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help me pick a cam for 283" cheby

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cheapstreet duster, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Cheapstreet duster
    Joined: Jan 17, 2008
    Posts: 258

    Cheapstreet duster
    from georgia

    I need a cam...
    ive Got a 283" sbc from a 61 vette..stock rebuilt heads .516 clearence to valve lift/coil bind.
    its got stock flatop pistons... .012 clean up pass on block .018 on heads.. 8.6-1 compression.
    i have a 3-2 carb set up..and its a 4spd muncie on a 30 model A chassis with a 3.08 10" rear and 29" tires..
    Im looking for a decent flat hydraulic tappic cam that has good low and mid range.for street mannors..ill sacrifice some top i only run it down track maybe 5-6 events a year..
    would like a good crack out the pipes..(sound)..but perfromance is more important..
    Needs to compliment the 3-2 bbl carb set up..

    what do you guys like?

  2. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,076

    from Dublin, OH

    Call Comp Cams, tell them everything you have in your post, and they will hook you up with the right cam.
    My son did just that when he built his 383" stroker small block.
    He is very happy with what they recommended, and he is an automotive engineer.
  3. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

  4. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,115


    I have a 283 bored .60 over with 305 HO heads and am using a Melling 222 cam (close to the L79 Corvette cam)
    It gives me very nice low to mid range performance, and still in the ~14mpg range if I drive it decent.
    I like it a lot.
    Good luck,

  5. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,378


    Can't go wrong with the 097 Duntov and some solid lifters. ~sololobo~
  6. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    Never heard of a "Cheby" , I do know that GM made a "Chevy" which had a very popular engine with 283 cubic inch displacement , mabye it will be kinda hard to find parts for a "Cheby" since I would assume that they are pretty rare , I've never heard of one....:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  7. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,584


    It seems those "thumper" cams are popular with guys who like a little rumble form the engine...
  8. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,115


    Don't feel bad man, folks up here never heard of Ramps either !!! :eek:
    I recently moved back to WI from WV, and love those ramps....(However the wife sure didn't appreciate when I ate them, or worse yet that night when expelling the wind from them!!) :cool:

  9. Dats because non of your friends are latino. Although it is spelt wrong mang it should be Chebby. ;)
    Actually if one wanted to mince words "Chevy" is also slang it is properly called Chevrolet. But we are not ones to mince words are we. :rolleyes:
  10. gwarren007
    Joined: Apr 3, 2010
    Posts: 381


  11. echale3
    Joined: May 13, 2011
    Posts: 26


    That cam should give you exactly what you want--streetable power and a good sound.

    My '60 Biscayne came with a 2-barrel 283. When I rebuilt the engine, I used the XE262H cam/lifter kit and added slightly modded Power Pack heads (shaved .035, dual valve springs, valve angles reground, etc), HEI, a 500 CFM Carter AFB, and an Edelbrock 2701 intake. The rest of it I rebuilt to pretty much stock specs.

    The XE262H is a nice "street" cam with good power from idle on up to about 5K rpm or so. Through my dual exhaust w/Flowmasters it's got a nice lumpy crackle at idle and a healthy bellow when you step on the gas.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  12. flatheadz-forever
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 501

    from new jersey

    Run a mutha thumpr from comp cams
  13. jbuechler
    Joined: May 14, 2009
    Posts: 46


    I have a friend with a 283 in a 58 Chevy, He has a boat cam (yes, out of a boat) in it. I have a 350 with a Thumpr Cam in a 49 Chevy. He hands me my ass on a regular basis and paid less than half of what I did for his cam. The cam sounds unbelievable and has power from start to finish. He sounds great at idle and when the pedal is on the floor. I can get you more info if that is what you are looking for. I have video with sound of mine and can get you all of the numbers from both. Good luck, Big decision. A cam is like wheels, It makes or breaks a hot rod.
  14. rover
    Joined: Aug 24, 2010
    Posts: 35

    from pomona

    REALLY?! Thats an old one. been hearing people call em CHEBBIES since i was a kid and didn't know "chit" about cars. Ever heard of a "chit"????? Stick around awhile...
  15. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,958


    Please tell us all more

  16. jbuechler
    Joined: May 14, 2009
    Posts: 46


    490 lift 292 duration. 1/2 lift. 350 hp from 1500-6500rpm. He got it from Crane. He said it is supposed to be a marine cam and paid $110. This is his information, I have never seen the spec sheet. I have a Thumpr cam from Comp Cams and couldn't be happier with it. I am just in it for the noise though.
  17. Carnuba
    Joined: Mar 19, 2012
    Posts: 430


    I'd keep a stock cam. Or something damn close. That motor doesn't have the cubes/compression/stroke to support most kinds of a "performance" cam. It'll have shit low/mid RPM power (with "almost" any kind of performance grind). I suspect that's where it'll spend most of it's time?
  18. racer32
    Joined: Sep 22, 2007
    Posts: 745


    More 283 cam talk, back from the dead.

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