i found in my dads shop a side oiler 427 cam, i know its a side oiler 427 because wehn i was looking the cam up in my book side oiler 427's were the only ones that used grooves in the #2 and #4 cam shaft bearing journals, my question is, is it worth anything, or is it just another fe cam that can be used in anything i know the lobes are much larger than the stock cam lobes out of my 390, any info would help thanks.
I wouldn't run it w/o having the old lifters
Im picky about stuff like that, but it may work with new lifters without flattening a lobe.
If its a stock cam, it may be worth something, If its an aftermarket Id say it wasnt worth much becuase there was a ton made
If that's a Ford cam, it should have some markings on it. Look on the end of the last journal, between the last lobe and last journal, or between the distributor gear and first journal. Also, all 427 cams were mechanical except for the '68 hydraulic.
Most aftermarket FE camshafts have the 427 grooves because they're ground from the same blanks as 427 cams. Most crane cams I've seen are this way. There are no differences in journal sizes from 427-other fe's. If you have access to a lathe or 2 centers, rotate the came with a dial indicator on the lobe then multiply distance by 1.76 to get lift. Compare lift to cams in like summit or a cam catalog that will give an idea of cam size if you can't find any #'s on it. Also, you can always put new liftes on an old cam if the lobes are good, but NEVER put old lifters on a new cam. If the lobes are rusty throw it out. It won't last 10 minutes.
lobes arnt rusty, and ill see if i can find a way to measure the duration and lift and ill find some new lifters, so i atke it i couldnt use the stock lifters with this cam.oh and what is the stock valve size for a 390 isnt it 1.54 exhaust and 2.03 for intake, thanks
he said it was out of a very hopped up 428 he bought years ago and when he sold it he took the performance parts off and sold it stock and kept the performance parts and this is the only thing left from it other than that he has no idea but when i was looking in my big block ford engines book it said side oiler 427's were the only engines to have the grooves in the #2 and 4 cam journals so i dont know anymore info on it, should i junk it or what should i do i dont know if its worth anything to sell but i know it has alot more lift then the stock 390 cam i have.
Well, you can buy a better cam today thanks to technology but it would be interesting to get to the bottom of the story. Does your dad remember if it was solid? Now I know you can run a grooved cam in a standard block. It's easy to measure lift with a pair of calipers, just measure the high part, then the low part and subtract the two.