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Old 01-20-2010, 09:37 PM
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Red face Can't find a cam?!

Hey, I'm having some big problems with finding a decent cam for my 1992 302 truck. [[[This is my first truck and I'm pretty much rebuilding it all the way through, it's a 1992 F-150 302, it was EFI however i'm converting it all to the basics with a C6 tranny and carb. Iv'e made it most of the way with the help of my father and a few friends but now i'm stuck.]]] I'm looking for a hydraulic roller camshaft for a 302, but, the tricky part, I can't find one with a bit of a rough idle but not so much that I can't pull the boat this summer, small boat, any direction in the right way would be an immense help, I can't get much more lost, thanks!
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:43 AM
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Forget about selecting a cam on sound and pick one that will deliver good power, if it turns out to also produce a lumpy idle then bonus, but if not so what. My suggestion are the comp cams 35-410-8, 35-420-8 or Ford E303. The 410 will produce the most low rpm TQ and the E303 will make the most hp, and since this is still a 5.0 truck all will benefit from additional gearing.
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:35 PM
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i've got a question will the E303 make just as good power as the 35-420-8 with the carb? i heard the that E303 was for EFI equiped trucks not carbed.. just a question..
 
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The Ford cams work well with both EFI and carbs but were designed for lightweight cars, so as a result they favor peak HP at the expense of low rpm TQ. A dyno sim of these 3 cams on a carbed 302 with gt40 heads shows just how weak the E cam is at low rpms.. only makes 265ft/lbs at 2000rpm versus 300 and 320 for the other two.
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:20 PM
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where could i find a list of the ford cams. i'd like to research them since i have the time. i'd just like to see what's out there for the 5.0 & 5.8 engines!
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:43 PM
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paul i tought you hated the letter cams..


there is a longgg list.. go on summit and you will see it
 
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Originally Posted by DJdemon6696 View Post
paul i tought you hated the letter cams..
They're not really suitable to trucks unless it's a drag or mud racing application, and even then there are better choices these days, the Ford alphabet cams have got to be 20yr old designs now.
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Conanski View Post
They're not really suitable to trucks unless it's a drag or mud racing application, and even then there are better choices these days, the Ford alphabet cams have got to be 20yr old designs now.

yup.. i still dont get it why doesnt ford update these cams

what do you think of my cam?? i love it ! comp cams 35-351-8
 
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Talking

Could have sworn I posted in this already ... oh well, Ill type it all over again lol


If I were you, I would really think about getting a custom cam made to your liking. It would only cost you around ~$300 to get one and you would get best of both worlds, the idle that you want, and the towing capability that you want.

Heck, if you accually wanted, you could get a cam that idled like your grandmas car, but could pick the front wheel(s) up, (if the rest of your engine and suspension was up to the task, of course lol)

Heres the website... Camshaft Innovations - Home

I would highly recommend them.


But if you dont want to dish out that much, you could always go with an RV cam, a good 4x4 cam, or the letter cams suggested above, but those are around $200, so in my eyes, why not spend the extra $100 and get a "special" one lol.


Good Luck.
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Bowman85merc View Post
Could have sworn I posted in this already ... oh well, Ill type it all over again lol
thought I was screwed up too .. but I remember your post w/o the above quote .. swear I replied to a diff thread, and then it was gone .. maybe FTE hiccuped ?
 

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