A few months ago, I noticed a full-page ad from Comp Cams advertising their new "Pro Plasma" Nitiriding service for all flat-tappet camshafts. The text in the ad indicates that it's a process which both hardens the cam lobes and increases their lubricative qualities (makes them more slippery, in effect). It's touted as the answer to running flat-tappet camshafts with today's low zinc content motor oils. Supposedly, using one of their cams treated in this fashion, along with their improved lifter design is said to eliminate (or greatly reduce) the chances of premature cam failure with modern motor oils. Sounded cool to me, and the video on their web site seemed to sell it with conviction as well. Comp Cams has never been my favorite cam company, but I thought I'd order one of their cams for an 'exotic' application (small block Chevy!!) and run it in the next project to see how it works out. According to Comp Cams, the Nitriding service is available on ANY camshaft that they offer for an additional fee of 'about' a hundred dollars. Kind of steep, yes...but I figure it might balance out if you don't need to worry about buying specific oils or EOS-type additives for every future oil change. However, the story changed when I placed the order. After much confusion, they stated that they will CUSTOM GRIND a cam to any spec ALREADY IN THEIR CATALOG, and THEN apply the Nitriding process to it! This came out to about $275 for a mild SBC hydraulic cam! (Cam only...no lifters!). I'm all for spending a bit more to get a quality product, but that was a bit TOO outrageous, if you ask me! I'm told that Isky now offers a similar process, and that it only adds about $70 to the cost of any currently available camshaft. MUCH more reasonable, but they only offer single pattern grinds from what I saw listed. (Ha Ha...a Dump Truck cam that lasts forever is still a Dump Truck cam afterall!!!) Anyone here have any experience with this new concept? (I know Nitriding engine components isn't new, I've seen it done to crankshafts for years, but it seems to be something new in the aftermarket cam realm!) Is it hype or a good idea? Better off to just buy the Edelbrock roller cam conversion kit for older small block Chevys and be done with it? Time may find Comp Cams getting a handle on this 'new' idea of theirs and offering the product off-the-shelf at reasonable rates...but I'm a bit reluctant to be the 'guinea pig' for $275+!