<VV> Cam question

kevin nash wrokit at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 24 21:00:21 EDT 2021

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Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2021 11:08:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Randy (Cap'n) Hook" <judynrandy at comcast.net>
To: "virtualvairs at corvair.org" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Subject: <VV> cam question
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Upon disassembling the 95 hp engine from my '65 500, I was blown away at the amount of sludge I found inside.  And also from the amount of damage to the lifters.  All 12 were severely dimpled.  And, if the lifters are dimpled, then it would stand to reason that the cam must be severely worn as well.  It seems that the previous owner knew nothing about that ZDDP thing. The rest of the engine seems ok.  It's weird.  I drove the car about 3 weeks prior to my beginning to work on it and it ran fine.  I figured that all it would need is a good cleaning and reseal.  Then, I looked inside.  Oh well.
My question is this: since I have a parts 110 engine to use, if I put the cam and lifters from it into this otherwise totally stock 95, what will that do to the power curve?  Also, the car is also going to have a 4 spd  installed instead of the 3 spd.  Inquiring minds want to know.  Thoughts and opinions welcome.

Randy (Cap'n) Hook
Hopewell, PA
'65 500 coupe

Randy- If you are thinking about a different cam on a 95, I can tell you for certain that there are some aftermarket cams out there that are a vast improvement in both drivability and power than the stock cams… I have a 63 turbo daily driver and been running a custom grind that is “approximately” a Otto TB-20, with some important differences. Without a doubt this is by far the funnest, coolest cam I have tried, with really good low end power and really long winded, meaning it just keeps winding… nice smooth idle nice smooth running and really wide power band, I don’t have to go into boost to have fun with it. Judging by how much timing it likes, and how insensitive it is to ping, I really wished I had bumped the compression ratio up but sheesh… huge improvement over the 2 stock cams that I’ve tried ( stock 63 turbo cam, 62-66 replacement turbo cam, and Otto TB-10 cam). I’ve got 22000 miles on it so far with this cam, and it has run 0W-40 Mobil 1 European formula the whole time.
Kevin Nash
63 Turbo, EFI daily driver, baddest fan on the planet!!

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