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    This catalog is organized into three separate sections. First is the Cam & Valve Train Application pages which includes all of the necessary information needed to choose the right camshaft for your needs. Next is the Cam & Valve Train Buyer’s Guide. The Buyer’s Guide contains additional product applications and additional information not found on the regular applications pages. The final section is the Ignition and Ignition Buyer’s Guide pages.

    Each product section is organized in alphabetical order, and in “Make, number of cylinders, year, engine” fashion. Cam & Valve Train Applications are organized in alphabetical order, by engine make. Cam profiles (“grinds”) are listed beginning with the “mildest” duration (lowest numerical duration shown at .050” cam lobe lift) through the “wildest” duration figures.

    Catalog Sections Cam & Valve Train Applications: Pages 20–263 Valve Train Buyer’s Guide: Pages 264–350

    Choosing the Correct Cam All Crane Cams are organized in typical “Make, number of cylinders, year, engine” fashion, and according to the type of lifter used... Hydraulic, Hydraulic Roller, Mechanical (Sometimes called “solid” or “flat tappet”), and Mechanical Roller. Cam profiles (“grinds”) are listed beginning with the mildest duration through the most radical in each lifter type.

    Each left page begins with the Application column. This column gives basic application information. In the next column is the Cam Series and Grind Number. Next is the RPM Power Range, and then the cam Part Number. “Cam Only” cams usually have a suffix (last) digit “1” in the part number. Cam & Lifter Kits usually have a “2” digit suffix. Application provides additional information about the camshaft. If the idle quality is other than stock, it is also noted in this column. Cam specs data such as valve lift, duration and lobe separation is shown at the far-right of each cam listing. To choose a street performance cam refer to “Choosing The Right Cam”, and “Getting Information”, found on pages 11 and 12–13. Note the part number of the cam you select.

    For the latest all-out race cam profiles or custom grind services contact us at: 866-388-5120, FAX: 386-236-9983. Our hours are normal business hours Monday–Friday, Eastern Daylight Time.

    Choose the Correct Valve Train Components You can find these by reading right, across the page. For detailed info and applications on Valve Train Components see the Buyers Guide section, pages 264–350.

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    Product bearing this product identification code has been granted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) exemption (“EO” number), or is a direct or consolidated replacement part. It is 50-state legal, per the manufacturer’s application guide. See pages 16 and 17 for a complete list of products that have been granted EO numbers.

    The manufacturer of the product bearing this identification code represents that it has not been found, nor is it believed to be, unlawful for use under provisions of the Clean Air Act, per the manufacturer’s application guidelines. This product is not legal for sale or use in the State of California (or in states which have adopted California emission standards) except on pre-emission-controlled vehicles/motor vehicle engines (pre-1966 model years).

    Products bearing this product identification code are legal only for off-highway use (except CA or states that have standards), or pre-emissions controlled engines (pre-1966 domestic vehicles certified to CA standards, pre-1968 domestic vehicles certified to federal standards and all pre-1968 foreign vehicles), per the manufacturer’s application guide.

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    Table of Contents

    How to Use this Catalog 1

    Crane Cams History 4–5

    Cam and Valve Train Applications 6–263

    Crane Camshaft Series 8–9

    How the Cam and Valve Train Section is Organized 10

    Basic Tips on Choosing the Right Cam 11

    Getting Information 12–13

    Advanced Tips to Choose the Proper Camshaft 14–15

    C.A.R.B. E.O. Authorization Numbers 16–17

    Custom Tool Steel Camshafts 18–19

    Camshaft and Valve Train Applications 20–263

    Chevrolet Small Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 34–35

    Chevrolet Big Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 88–89

    Chrysler Small Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 132–133

    Chrysler Big Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 150–151

    Ford Small Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 176–177

    Ford Big Block V8 Tech Tips and Notes 224–225

    Oldsmobile and Pontiac V8 Tech Tips and Notes 250–251

    Cam and Valve Train Buyers Guide 264–364

    Camshaft Components 266–267

    Distributor-Magneto Drive Gears 268–271

    Fuel System Accessories 271

    Lifters 272–284

    Lubricants 285

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    Table of Contents

    Pushrods 286–289

    Pushrod Accessories 290–291

    Rocker Arms and Accessories 292–307

    Timing Chains and Components 308–309

    Tools 310–312

    Vacuum Kits and Accessories 313

    Valve Springs 314–327

    Valve Spring Retainers 328–339

    Valve Stem Locks 340–341

    Valve Seals, Valve Train Accessories 342–343

    Promotional Items 344

    How to Identify your Crane Cam 345

    Custom Ground Cams 346

    Camshaft Recommendation Form 347

    Regrind and Special Cam Service 348–349

    Other Engine Applications 350

    Flat Tappet Camshaft Break-In Procedure 351–352

    Adjusting the Valve Train 353–355

    Commonly Asked Valve Spring Questions 356–357

    Commonly Asked Valve Train Questions 358–359

    Degreeing the Cam 360–362

    Cam Timing Explained 363

    Understanding the Cam Specification Card 364

    Warranty 365


    Crane Cams History

    Crane Cams was originally known as known as “Crane Engineering Company, Inc.”, and was founded on January 1st, 1953. In 1970 the original name, “Crane Engineering”, was shortened to “Crane Cams, Incorporated”, better defining the company’s products and market of that era.

    From that very humble beginning, Crane Cams has evolved into a manufacturing and marketing company. Amazingly, it all began in an unused corner of the company owned by the founder’s father’s machine shop.

    The founder, a young apprentice machinist, became interested in “souping- up” his flathead Ford V-8 hot rod. Like most others, he was strongly influenced by the various “hot rodding” magazines, ordering his first cam from a California cam company’s ad. The founder’s machinist’s training and hot-rodder’s ingenuity had already taught him that camshaft design and accuracy exacts a critical effect on engine power. He also knew he was easily capable of designing and manufacturing camshafts. What’s more, he knew he could design more

    powerful, far more accurate and repeatable camshafts.

    Although money was scarce, the young apprentice traded his way into a well- used cylindrical grinder. In rebuilding this old, used machine he quickly developed cam manufacturing and design knowledge. His initial “home made” cams were accurately made and surprisingly more powerful than anything he’d previously purchased. Other local hot rodders soon found out, and began buying his camshafts. The reputation of the backroom Crane cam company spread quickly across Florida and further into the Southeast. In response, Crane Engineering Company was founded, which was an impressive name for a tiny yet highly ambitious firm.

    By the mid-1950’s the flathead Ford and early overhead-valve Oldsmobile and Cadillac V-8’s were replaced by the powerful, compact Chevrolet 265-283 V-8 engine family. It seemed that with the early small-block Chevys came a surge of growth for all forms of auto racing. Drag strips and oval tracks suddenly appeared, not only across Florida, but the nation, and the tiny backroom cam company grew as well.

    In 1960, a Georgia Tech University engineering student and weekend drag racer, Pete Robinson, bought a Crane cam for his supercharged Buick powered 1940 Ford. After success on the street and at the drags, Robinson sold the ‘40 and bought a dragster chassis from the Dragmaster Chassis company, in California. Pete carefully assembled a stroker crankshaft,

    supercharged, small-block Chevy, and installed a Crane roller cam. Robinson’s new car ran well on Atlanta area tracks and at a few NHRA Division 2 events. On a whim, he entered the “Southwind” dragster into