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Camshaft selection & experience
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:15:14 AM »
Rebuilding a 2.3L for a 76 wagon.  Will be driven daily.  50 miles round-trip.  2/3rds, 55-65mph cruising, remainder, stop and go traffic.  California mandated carb, smog pump and coverter removed.  Switching to a Weber downdraft carb w/elect. choke.  Will run stock exhaust manifold with heat shield for cold weather running for now.  May switch to a tubular header later.
 
I want to select a cam that will improve my "stoplight to stoplight" and "passing" performance.  Hopefully, all while not killing my gas mileage.
 
I've looked and Crower, Crane and Comp cams.  Prefer a company that will sell cam, followers, springs/retainers and lifters.
 
Racer Walsh and Esslinger cams are all too radical for my needs.
 
What do you folks recommend?  Good and bad comments requested about the the above brands.

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Re: Camshaft selection & experience
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 12:18:51 PM »
A Ranger roller cam and cam pully would be a good choice. The cam itself is not any big deal as in lift and dur. but it is a roller that will free up some HP. and with the cam pully you can dial that in with either top end or bottom end power. just my 2c.
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Re: Camshaft selection & experience
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 12:57:47 PM »
what year ranger is good to use??im was wondering the same qestion.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 01:36:50 PM »
1989 - 1994 will work.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 06:27:21 PM »
i got a cam for my 2.0 from crower and they told me for the one i got and what i wanted to do that all i would need to get was new followers and nothing else.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 07:28:41 PM »
Look at Bo-Port site, the 1.5 would work, the Crower stuff runs good also, I'm running a stage 3 Crower and the mileage is the same as stock and it makes more power from idle to 6K rpm's, I did raise compression also at the same time.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 03:24:49 PM »
Used Schneider cams in all my 2.0 and 2.3 with very good power and cam life.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 08:17:07 PM »
I went with the  Comp Cams 252h in my 2.3 auto wagon. Comparable bottom end as the original cam with 4.5* cam advance. Has more mid range than before, top end the same. Fuel mileage roughly the same, but I tend to exercise the gas pedal a bit. ;)
A manual trans car would enjoy this cam even more.