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what a joke ISKY Ford V8 cam cut wrong

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 777, May 15, 2012.

  1. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    I had ISKY cut me a 1007LD camshaft for my '39 flathead Ford V8.

    Should have known there was going to be a problem when it came as a '42 -'48 style instead of the long nose. I bought a CNC drive adapter from
    H&H to make up the difference.

    Installed the cam "straight up" and it was 30-degrees retarded to the cam card at 50-degrees lift. Called their tech guy, Noel for advice, he basically said it was a custom grind so I would have to make accomedations to compensate. {Instead of them cutting me the right grind to start with, or fixing their screw up by replacing the cam, IMO}

    So I slotted the cam driven gear so I could get the cam lobes in the right spot. Problem solved, right? Wrong!!

    Installed the timing cover and the distributor won't engage the cam drive slot? Hmmm? Maybe the distributor is off a bit? Swapped the cam back to an OEM and the distributor lined right up. Measured the offset of the cam slot and it was off .065-inch more to the center.
    Making it more "centered" then offset as it should be. Sent it back to ISKY, Noel said they put it in their "test jig" and it was within spec.

    All the lip service doesn't help me fix their screw ups so I'm having Mike Herman cut me another Winfield.
  2. 1gearhead
    Joined: Aug 4, 2005
    Posts: 465


    It's too bad that a long time name like Isky has such poor customer service. It kinda makes you ask whether you want to do business with then or not. We vote with our dollars, meager as they may be, and believe me each one counts. Wake up out there and pay attention to your customer base, or you may not have them.
  3. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,613

    Rusty O'Toole

    Sounds like the old guy who did all the flathead cams finally died.
  4. smittythejunkman
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 86


    I have been hearing rumors of bad isky cams for a while. I returned my last new Isky flathead cam to speedway on the hunch it was a turd and ordered one from mike at H&H He always picks me out a good grind and I am pretty sure its done right
    No more Isky cams for me Till they get their act back together !!!

  5. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    The Camfather is still with us but he must not be running the day to day operations any longer.

    Before I put the stock cam in the block to check the dist fit, a few other flathead engine builders told me of their problems with Iskenderian Cams! And their issues with the dist cost one of them a dist housing because it did go together and then it broke off at the mounting ears, took him a while to figure the cause too. That was with a Max 1 that came off the shelf.

    I've had good luck with parts from Mike at H&H too.
    Last edited: May 16, 2012
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  6. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,800

    Atwater Mike

    I was spoiled by the Potvin Eliminator. A customer insisted on the "NEW" Isky Max 1 in his 3/8 X 3/8...a month later, I imstalled an old Weber F2, pulled your head off.

    New tech for old flatmotors...Bah!
  7. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 9,124

    from Phoenix,AZ

    Any one have the specs on the Weber cams? "back in the day" I had a 296 with the Weber F5 very wicked sound and ran like a raped ape.
  8. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    Remember the duration numbers as well as the open and closing points are not at a defined lift ie. duration @ .050-iinch lift.

    Attached Files:

  9. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    I brought this problem up here 8 years ago
  10. fossilfish
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 320

    from Texas

    Many years ago..maybe 1984 I sent a cam to isky for a regrind to lumpier specs.
    It came back and like all my cams I dialed it in with a good degree wheel. just for grins I checked every lobe. The first two were spot on. After that things got wrong, they kept getting wronger as I progressed down the cam.(it was a 6 cylinder) I sent the cam back told them what I did and what I found.
    They sent it back to me some time later with a note saying that they checked the cam and found nothing wrong but they reground it anyway. HHHUUUMM?
    I checked it this time and all was well. I guess I musta checked it wrong the first time huh?
  11. CheatersPete
    Joined: Sep 25, 2002
    Posts: 1,280


    I also did a few years ago, and no body beleived me...;-(
  12. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    I thought I would feel better venting but the more issues I see with everyone else the more pissed I am that I didn't do more research and find some of you guys who were having these same issues with Iskenderian Cams. At least I didn't break anything in my engine but having to buy another cam and a set of adjustable lifters, head, intake, pan, timing cover gakets and installing a new front seal, degreeing the new cam, breaking it in and putting the engine in back in the car.
    If I where 16 I'd be punching something!
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,428

    from Ojai,Ca

    I had problems with a Howard Cam, so I guess it can happen to any of them.
  14. Used a few Isky cams in flatheads in the last 10 years, and no issues with any of them. If I had experienced the issues you did, I would have gone up there (you are local right?) and tired to work it out.
  15. BHT8BALL
    Joined: Aug 22, 2010
    Posts: 262


    2X, all cam grinders that are not doing a regrind use pre machined blanks that have cast lobes that only allow a few degrees advance or retard or they won't clean up in the grinding process. I can only guess that for someone to break their distributor it must have been installed 180 degress out of time or they had the wrong combination of model of dist. & cam. Did you take any pictures of your setup?

  16. Nope sounds like 777 was talking to the wrong guy. I keep talking to more higher ups until someone is tired of hearing me and makes it right.

    Although that shouldn't have been a problem with Isky. Maybe one of the fellas who has Ed's ear can help out with this one.
  17. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    Yes I am local and I did take a stock cam with me and the adapter with some measuring tools and the dist. They could see that they cut a '42-'48 instead of the '32-'41 no big deal to them since I was able to get the adapter.
    They had no excuse for the 30-degrees retarded.
    The distributor slot issue just happens to be something the guy doesn't understand because he doesn't build flatheads.
  18. A buddy had a lobe center issue with a SBC Isky solid roller years ago, but he was able to get them to re-grind him a cam.

    Good luck with your episode, hope you can get it sorted out.
  19. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    I agree keep going up the ladder, more so Ed himself worked on this car in '41 with Sandy and I know him pretty well. He just hasn't been available yet.
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  20. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,909


    You can be the guy who saves Isky's reputation.
  21. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,584


    My third grade teacher, Sister Mary Attila the Hun, told my parents I was 30 degrees retarded....

    I complained to the Pope but never heard a word.
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  22. 777
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 196

    from Pasadena

    I'm aware of the parameters involved with respect to cast camshaft lobe profiles and grinding cam lobes. Which makes it all the more unusual for it to be retarded that far given how much they reduced the base circle diameter. The grinder should have easily been able to bring the profile into the master. Where not talking about half an inch of lift on these cams and in this case they did not alter the lobe centerlines.

    Doesn't sound like your a Flathead guy, no offense, but there isn't really a way to bolt flathead distributors on 180-degrees out and the engine to run and then break the housing.
    It would also be pretty dificult to mix up a two or three bolt flange and make it bolt together. I suppose someone could do it but I doubt it in my friends case, He's built 100's of these engines over the years.
    I'd mention his name but he is a big Isky dealer, probably one of the top three when it comes to flathead stuff and I don't know if he would want me to mention him.
  23. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    So issues with a Max 1 I sure hope they get things sorted out....Hate to see a great name go downhill like that.

  24. runlikestink
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 15

    from chester,nj

    Yes I have the "specs" as I run a Weber f5s in my 284 flatty. .please let me know if you still need 'em....
  25. fonti
    Joined: Nov 28, 2006
    Posts: 487


    I also drive a Weber F5 in my 296 Flathead in a very light model T racer...I would be very interested in the specs and an adress where I can buy another of this sticks! The sound and performance is just awesome!
  26. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,729


    This isn't good news folks! The Isky cam have been the "it" cam for so long........ :(
  27. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,001

    from kansas

    I went thru something similar with chet herbert cams back in the day.

    Building a 455 pontiac, wanted a cam to my specs but he wanted to sell me one of his. I didnt like any of his and wanted mine instead so after a good 10 minute lecture from him why my cam wouldn't work I told him I still wanted mine he tells me " when I can afford one of his cams call him back" at which I replied " do you take visa gold card?" He replied yes at which point my exact words were " good, grab you a piece of paper and a CRAYON and write these specs down!"

    3 weeks later I received the cam, problem is it was an oldsmobile cam. I call him back and explain the problem, he tells me thats what I ordered and NO returns on custom cams! I said no, Pontiac! Is what I ordered, he says olds, so I had kept the part numbers he gave me on his cams. I read back his part numbers and ask him what they fit? He replies pontiac at which point I ask him "if im building a damn olds why the hell was he trying to sell me pontiac cams for then!?"

    He gets mad and yells " send the damn thing back and he'll get around to building a new cam!".

    2 months later I get the right cam, degree it in and it ran like a striped ass ape. One of the hottest pontiac motors I ever built. Still keep the specs to that cam laying around. :D
  28. This thread is 8 years old and the person you quoted hasn't been on the HAMB for 3 years so unfortunately I don't think he will be answering your question.
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  29. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,354


    Why do people such as Runlikestink make a post saying they have the information, instead of just posting the information?

    Then even an old dead post could still give anyone that golden bit of info in the future.
  30. Damn it took until the 3rd grade? My kiddygarter teacher knew I was "special". :D

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