There are a few guys out there in FE land who are very knowledgeable and have tons of FE experience. There is at least one poster on this thread who just seems to be a good Google searcher...
LOL, Yes, I am in FACT an INCREDIBLY good “Google searcher”, but one first has to know quite a bit to be as good at it as I am because they not only have to have enough experience to know what they are looking for in some instances, they also have to have enough experience to be able to filter out the FACTS from the fiction . . I am also a very good writer and musician and am constantly reading because I like to learn new things, but none of that is relevant, nor is the fact that I use Google for some things.
I don’t, and never would claim to be the foremost expert in engine building, however, my experience and knowledge is certainly FAR greater than blykins has incorrectly assumed and implied, and if you call Randy at Race Tec whom I’ve known for maybe 20 years, you can simply ask him whom Mustang Mike, and Dude and Monroe and Mike Hayden and Bob Mckray are, and I think you will have a better understanding of my level of hands on experience.
You can also look up Hayden and Mckray on the internet . . My real name also appears several times online in magazine excerpts in the PRO section of race results, and I built all my vehicles myself.
Imo, you seem like a logical. pragmatic person that can easily sift thru the rhetoric and make intelligent decisions based on EVERYTHING that has been posted here.
I also think if someone is going to attempt to discredit another person as blykins has clearly attempted to do to me, it might be best for them to find out a little about their "targets" background first so they can avoid being embarrassed when they are proven wrong. . . I also think comments/attacks of this nature are unprofessional and discourteous and do nothing to benefit an op or the topic at hand and actually darken the tine of the threads..
EAGLE CRANKS PURPORTEDLY BREAKING
My short and simple reply to this is "Prove it." . . I hardly think that's too much to as when someone is making claims like this.
In fact, at one time, Scat had so many cranks break that they actually posted an entire page on their site that addressed this specific issue regarding THEIR cranks, NOT EAGLE'S . . In FACT, they not only mentioned one way to break their crank, they mentioned FIVE, so I really have to refrain myself from laughing at Scat's info page . . The entire page is in the link below, which is aptly titled, "FIVE WAYS TO BREAK A SCAT CRANK" . . Please tell me how someone can NOT laugh at that.
OK, all fun aside, Scat makes very good cranks....now . . There were also several people that did break Eagle cranks a few years ago, however, it's nearly impossible to gauge the actual percentage of people that broke them compared to the thousands of cranks they sold that didn't break because obviously very few people are going to stat a thread saying, "I have an X brand crankshaft and it did not break.".
Eagle addressed the issue and changed something and I have not heard of one breaking since although I;m sure some people have just like some people have broken Scat cranks recently . . Let's face it, these are Chinese cranks, not US made cranks . . Bad sh_t may very well happen if one does stupid things with ANY Chinese crank.
blykins comments are based on HIS experience only, therefore, to make it a blanket statement is simply incorrect since his experience does not include mine, or yours, or everyone else’s in the world . . Some of the actual FACTS [not opinions] are as follows.
I combined part of my business with a shop called Mustangs and American Classics which was one of the biggest Mustang restoration and repair shops in the Western US, and I was there since BEFORE the very first day it opened, and the very first car the owner restored was one I sold to one of his very first customers . . I stayed there with the new owner even AFTER it was sold which was around 20 years after it first opened, so I not only saw a lot of Mustangs thru my own business, I also saw literally hundreds thru the shop and many had heat related problems, and MANY of those were FE’s . . I was also the “engine, carb and overheating guy” there . . When they had a problem they couldn’t figure out, I was the one whom helped figure it out, and I figuered out every single one and in some cases, the problem was definitely because an engine was bored out too far.
The shop was located in Southern California where it gets around 100 degrees in the summer, so on top of bored out engines, many people also had air conditioning which greatly added to the problem, therefore, for me to see someone not only imply, but almost guarantee that YOUR engine [not theirs] will NOT run hot, seems inappropriate to me.
Not everyone has experienced the same thing . . Maybe they live where it never gets warmer than 50 degrees, or maybe they just had better luck and had a lot of good blocks and we had a lot of bad luck, or maybe, unlike myself, they think that 210 degrees is not hot even though they have a 180 degree thermostat in it . . Since, I don’t personally know blykins, I can not, and will not, assume ANYTHING about his level of experience as he has assumed about mine.
PRESSURE TESTING CYLINDER HEADS AND REBUILDING COSTS
Since I already gave you all these prices, you are already aware of the potential cost difference.
Imo, pressure testing your heads is an unnecessary expense in your particular app because you do not have overheating or coolant loss problems, however, it is certainly added insurance . . I would however definitely have them mag checked for cracks which are typically in the valve seat area of some heads if they are anywhere, which in my experience is far more common on Chevy heads than it is on FE heads.
I base this OPINION, on the FACT that I actually ran the cylinder head department of one of the biggest engine rebuilding shops on Orange County California for a while where I worked on MANY Ford and Chevy heads which included numerous FE heads . . I also worked on Mercedes and BMW heads as well as a few other exotics . . I not only did the valve jobs, I also installed the guides and seats and surfaced them . . We also had to weld cracks in aluminum heads on occassion . . In addition to this, I did screw type crack repair on them and I never had one single head returned for ANY reason . . I also did pressure testing on ALL diesel heads as standard practice as well as a few automobile heads for various reasons, but the automobile heads were rarely done.
CAMSHAFT AND BUILD SUGGESTIONS
I think talking to other builders as blykins suggested is a great idea even though your goals are so modest that even someone with as incredibly little experience as I have can easily Google enough information to meet them, therefore I am happy to suggest a two that haven’t been mentioned but whose credentials are EASY to verify . . This is in NO WAY a reflection on Barry from Survival whom all of us FE guys are happy to have around . . It is simply additional sources where incredibly good info can be had from some more of the most knowledgeable people in this area . . It’s a bit like going to the doctor, it never hurts to get a second opinion before they do the brain surgery.
Chris Straub, owner of Straub Technologies
Cam designer extraordinaire . . Does not advertise on sites but is a member of one of the biggest drag racing sites in the world where he tries to help others with their engines when he has free time . . He is one of the most popular members on that site and has designed race winning cams for countless numbers of them . . If you do an internet search of his name you will not see one bad thing about him.
If you contact him, I suggest you do it by phone and also suggest that you write all your questions down in advance so as to not to take up more of his time than necessary only because I know he is very busy . . If he did have a lot of time to talk on the phone I guess he wouldn’t be a very good cam designer, lol.
Here’s a link to comments from just a couple of people out of hundreds whom he has designed cams for, including comments from a World and multi time National Champion.
Customer Rides - Straub Technologies
Below is a photo of Jon Kaase wearing one of Chris Straubs T shirts . . Jon has won the annual Engine Masters challenge 5 times and is a very knowledgeable big block Ford guy, so I think the fact that he would even be seen in a Straub Technologies T shirt kinda speaks for itself . . You could certainly call him also, however, I really think that what he does is beyond the scope of your needs, and he’ll probably refer you to Chris Straub anyway.
To reach him or view his site, click on the short link below.
Here's another good source of info . . Ford specialist Scott Main, multi time Engine Masters competitor and also 3rd place finisher in one of the events . . He is also an NHRA World Champion ans six time NHRA record holder . . I think he can probably make a decent cam for a 350 hp FE engine.
Duke, Here’s some links to just a few dyno sheets from Straub cammed engines that were posted by just a few of his hundreds of happy customers . . Although the power ratings might be slightly above what you are looking for, I think it’s safe to say that if he can get this kind of power from a carbureted engine, he can probably design a cam that will work well in yours.
Carbureted 427 ci 736 hp and 607 tq.
Carbureted engine . . 1,170 hp 961 tq.
This car belongs to Ed Morel whom is the owner and designer of the Morel lifters I previously suggested . . He is beyond well rich enough to be able to afford to have anyone in the world design a cam for him and he had Chris Straub do it . . His engine made 830 hp on on Jon Kaase’s dyno.
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