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Top 10 Cam Failure Culprits

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Cams, cams, cams.. While camshafts can and do “go out,” something other than a bad core more often than not is to blame. Below are 10 things to think about before calling foul on your cam. COIL BIND Coil bind is when a spring compresses solid before or during full camshaft lift. This stack of metal stops the valve train ... Read More »

Finding the Intake Lobe Centerline

Step 3: Roll the cam backward until the gauge reads .50 lift before max lift and take a degree reading from the cam wheel.

Finding the Intake Lobe Centerline is essential to degree a camshaft, and it’s easy. See our Finding Top Dead Center article to learn how to set up the degree wheel. Read More »

Finding Top Dead Center

Step 4: Remove the piston stop and roll the engine back around until the pointer hits zero. This is your Top Dead Center.

Finding Top Dead Center on an engine is a four-step process made easy with a piston stop and a degree wheel.   Read More »

20 “Must-Have” Engine Building Tools

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Engine building is no picnic, but the right tools and instruments can certainly make it a bit easier. Whether you’re a highly-experienced professional or a first-time “do-it-yourselfer,” Powerhouse Products has compiled a list of “must-haves” that you or anyone would need before deciding to build an engine. Not only do these tools make engine building easier, they also shave off ... Read More »

COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel A Family Affair At St. Paul Street Machine Nationals

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St. Paul, MN – Each year a strong crop of participants fills out the COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel field during the St. Paul Street Machine Nationals in Minnesota. In 2015 the enthusiastic builders on hand included three family teams. The Engine Builder Duel program is a major component of several prestigious automotive events around the country. The national record time ... Read More »

The Ultimate Stroker – Squeezing 427 Inches Into An SBC

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Our friends at Horsepower Monster have recently been building up a Small Block Chevy into a stroker 427 using off-the-shelf components. Their goal is to put together a daily-driver engine that is capable of more than 550 horsepower and can run on pump gas. The build includes a COMP Cams Thumpr™ Hydraulic Roller Camshaft, High Energy™ Hydraulic Roller Lifters and Ultra Pro ... Read More »