clay smith cams .......

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  1. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    i used to run a clay smith cam many years ago and it was a nice cam that made good hp .......... has anyone run a clay smith cam the last few years and are you happy with the performance it made. thinking of getting a clay smith cam once again and just wondering on their reliability and performance gains

    http://claysmithcams.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=150
     
  2. 1980z28fromhell

    1980z28fromhell Veteran Member Gold Member

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    ]i have one in my 355 280 hi lift w/525/525 108 lobe center ...that is one bad sounding cam..lots of pop&cackle .. has very bad street manners but really gets with the program w/the hammer down
     
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  3. pdq67

    pdq67 BANNED

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    Ah, the cigar smoking angry "Woodpecker" decal.

    I hope George is still around?

    From a letter from him dated 5/20/99.

    Clay Smith Engineering, Inc.
    5870 Dale Street
    Buena Park, CA 90621
    Phone: (714) 523-0530
    FAX: (714) 522-3315

    pdq67
     
  4. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    clay smith made some awesome cams back in the day but haven't heard much from them since ........ i had a 66ford fairlane with a 427 tunnel port and had clay smith make me a nice solid flat tappet cam for it . i think it was 304/310 lift 575/580 lift 106LSA cam and it woke up that 427 FE ford
     
  5. 1980z28fromhell

    1980z28fromhell Veteran Member Gold Member

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    funny how we can buy into advertising hype about cams but i know one record setting drag boat engine builder who kills the competition w/clay smith cams ... ill admit my cam doesnt do everything well but my car turns every head coming into and leaving local cruise nights/ car shows....the only reason id go with another brand would be a hyd roller / pump gas friendly engine to get some of the power back from the reduced c/r
     
  6. 89rodknocker

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    My buddy has one in his bbc jet boat and that thing is nasty. It has some riddiculos lift #'s. But runs like a rapped ape.
     
  7. ThumperZ28

    ThumperZ28 Veteran Member

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    how much did you pay for your cam..??

    cuz i got a combo im just itching to try


    206/214 duration @ .050

    .427/.454 lift

    with the famous 4/7 swap

    i had a different combo set up for a "thumper" idle but still have vaccum

    actually i put the specs on it and it got printed on

    "Camaro Performers" magazine

    im not sure if its the may or june edition

    but its in the pages where the editor answers some questions (i think it was page 40 not too sure)

    go ahead and check

    ..anywayz what do think
     
  8. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    trying to make me remember 25 plus years ago LOL!! :eek: :eek: at least i remembered the cam specs .......... i believe i paid $75-$85 for the cam and $35 for the lifters back in 1984
     
  9. ThumperZ28

    ThumperZ28 Veteran Member

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    dang

    it must be like 120 or so

    but u can get a custom grind on it...??
     
  10. Cataldo

    Cataldo Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    I believe that Clay Smith primarily does custom cams now. If ya talk to them, and ask about an old cam ya'd like to have again, or something of the sort I bet they'd knock it out. A couple of years ago they were selling any of their old cams still on the shelves for very good prices, I know they were selling their cams for "Odd" motors this way (Like old Rocket Motors, HEMI's, Pontiac's, exc.)
     

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