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Machine shops seem to hang them from the snout .... or stand them on the "back" end (short term) ...

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I am only repeating what I've read, but from what I understand, part of the reason for hanging or setting them upright on the flywheel flange is that if they are laid down horizontally, they can develop a bow in them...the same with camshafts. I know it sounds impossible, given the material they're made out of, but I've read/heard that for years... Scott
 

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It does sound odd but, given enough time almost any object no matter how hard will begin to form to its environment. I have heard more than one story about a cam that is no longer straight after being stored on a work bench for a couple of years.
 

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The best way to store it is in an engine block, The next best way is to stand it up. They will bend if laid down, even for a short period (like a week).
 
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