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Old 07-05-2009, 05:05:27 PM   #1
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clay smith cams .......

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?P...ROD&ProdID=150
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1970 LT1 350sbc / 425hp 11.1:1 comp, GM #140 off-road solid lifter cam ,holley strip dominator
2" open spacer and holley 750dp ...........all old school 70's performance parts

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Old 07-05-2009, 05:18:09 PM   #2
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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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Old 07-05-2009, 05:54:00 PM   #3
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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

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Old 07-05-2009, 08:21:12 PM   #4
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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

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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
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1970 LT1 350sbc / 425hp 11.1:1 comp, GM #140 off-road solid lifter cam ,holley strip dominator
2" open spacer and holley 750dp ...........all old school 70's performance parts

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my old school camaro idle video
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:32:29 PM   #5
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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
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:56:12 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:17:40 AM   #7
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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


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
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:47:03 AM   #8
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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


trying to make me remember 25 plus years ago LOL!! at least i remembered the cam specs .......... i believe i paid $75-$85 for the cam and $35 for the lifters back in 1984
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2" open spacer and holley 750dp ...........all old school 70's performance parts

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my old school camaro idle video
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:09:38 AM   #9
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trying to make me remember 25 plus years ago LOL!! at least i remembered the cam specs .......... i believe i paid $75-$85 for the cam and $35 for the lifters back in 1984


dang

it must be like 120 or so

but u can get a custom grind on it...??
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:32:47 PM   #10
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dang

it must be like 120 or so

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

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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10.25:1 Vortec 350 with mild head work .225/.233 278/286 .525/.530 Howards Roller 180325-10. Rpm intake 600 dp. 2004r with a 3200 stall and 3.23's. 12.673 @ 106.44mph, 8.089 @ 86.47, with a 1.826 60'.

Pass with a 2600 stall, 13.1@ 105mph.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:55:35 AM   #11
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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.)



what.. nahh uhh

cuz i was looking at summits cam & lifter set

for a whopping 89 bucks..

do you think they could beat that
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:06:39 PM   #12
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Personally I would rather pay some extra coin and go directly to the source. I am also talking about a few years back, and also good luck trying to find a cam for a small cam journal Olds 324. They still had some blank sticks for the Olds Rocket motors as well as Old Cadillac Motors (Think 331's) Buicks and Pontiacs. Motors that have been made obsolete in the early 60's. Personally a company that'll work with you on that gets the nod from me.
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Pass with a 2600 stall, 13.1@ 105mph.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:11:41 PM   #13
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OK................................................ .....................

Since the "can-of-worms" concerning PRICE has been opened, talk to Delta about a re-grind and then send them a good cam core and ask them to create you a re-grind that they will SPEC. for your use and I will bet it won't be cheaper ANYWHERE else!

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