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    Default Hyd FT vs SOLID cam

    Hey fellow V8 gurus..
    Just wondering why solid cam always sound tougher and lumpier than the old hydraulic cam?
    I have built a VN headed 308 with a hyd FT crane 286 (don't judge me)....
    Long story short i wish i had built a 355 chev motor purely because it's a cruiser and nothing sounds better to my ears than a well set up SBC.

    So my question is, would swapping out my freshly broken in hyd cam for a crow SOLID cam and lifter set up give me what I'm looking for?
    I'm looking specifically at crow's smallest solid cam for the VN blocks..... gotta be cheaper than selling the 308 and building a chev!!
    Thanks.
    I know you guys love to take the piss, but take it easy on this poor newbie.
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    Comes down to end use of the car and your compression ratio, final drive gearing etc.

    What is your compression ratio now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam76 View Post
    nothing sounds better to my ears than a well set up SBC
    I always thought the Holden motor sounds better than a chev

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    grabs popcorn..

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    Dont build for sound, build it for the RPM you need...

    I reckon a small block Ford with the 13726548 Cleveland firing order sounds the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EH179 View Post
    Comes down to end use of the car and your compression ratio, final drive gearing etc.

    What is your compression ratio now?
    Around 10:1
    3.08 / 3.36 gears
    Intended for street cruiser only, has 3000rpm stall and trimatic. Cheers

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulzig View Post
    Dont build for sound, build it for the RPM you need...

    I reckon a small block Ford with the 13726548 Cleveland firing order sounds the best.
    Why can't i have both? 😁
    According to the crow catalogue they both run the same rpm band roughly.

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    you can have what ever you want and what you are prepared to live with an angry solid will want more gears more stall and more rpm . You should also consider you may need new valve springs not sure on what you have pushrod s may change length ect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam76 View Post
    Why can't i have both? ��
    According to the crow catalogue they both run the same rpm band roughly.
    Are you looking at the 4626 cam?

    If you have adjustable rockers and know how to do valve lash, i say go for it if you can afford it.

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    Yes looking at 4626....

    Yeah, i can buy some adjustable rockers.... and learn how to adjust lash.

    What rockers and springs do you suggest?
    Thanks 👍

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    It's deja vu all over again.

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    You can have a solid cam and due to the size of the solid will sound tough in a holden.
    Cool face lifters will work nice call camtech as they will have a solid package

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    Smallest camtech solid listed is the 238/244 on a 109LSA.. See if they can grind the cam on a 106LSA with 4 degrees advance in it and it'll sound a lot tougher, probably go well with 10:1 comp too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulzig View Post
    Smallest camtech solid listed is the 238/244 on a 109LSA.. See if they can grind the cam on a 106LSA with 4 degrees advance in it and it'll sound a lot tougher, probably go well with 10:1 comp too..
    Thanks, helpful idea. Appreciated. I'll give them a call. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaseQ314 View Post
    It's deja vu all over again.
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