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77 Can Am
Tribal Scout

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Posted - 20 Aug 2016 :  11:21:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am building a 455 for a 1979 Trans Am Special Edition to take on the Bandit Run and was wanting to get opinions and advice on a cam selection. Below are the details about driving style and engine build specification.
Driving Style - car will be used for cruise nights, weekend trips and long trips such as the Bandit Run and Power tour, etc.
Performance Desired - Good mix of power / performance but with streetable manners.

Car - 1979 Trans Am SE (non T-Top)
Engine - 455 2 bolt mains
Heads - #96 Stock (1.5 rockers)
Intake - 1972 cast iron
Carb - 800 cfm Quadrajet
Exhaust Manifolds - RARE HO Exhaust Manifolds (bored to 2.5)
Rear End - 3:08
Transmission - 4 speed Super T-10

If you need any additional information, please don't hesitate to let me know. Thank You in advance for any advise you may have.

Blue Springs, MO

77 Can Am (TA 6.6, Auto)
79 Trans Am SE (TA 6.6, 4-speed)
Working on 79 Trans Am SE, w/455, 4-speed, 3:08.

Blued and Painted

3505 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2016 :  10:17:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my similar combo, im running the crower 60243 hydraulic flat tapper. It was a Cliff Ruggles recommendation with emphasis on being an easy streetable driver. I like it.
-- http://www.crower.com/pontiac-287-455-compu-pro-hydraulic-cam-284-hdp.html --

Race guys would consider it small for a 455. But it will work power brakes with proper tuning. My combo runs around 12 inches of vacuum at idle. Elevation 8K feet.

An adjustable rocker set up will be needed for most any performance camshaft.
Push rod holes in the cylinder head will need to be elongated if running a 1.65 rocker ratio.

Cliffs a nice guy so call or e-mail for your specific combo and goals.

Bull Nose Formula/ 461/ Q-Jet/
TH400/ 3.08 8.5 / R44TS.

Edited by - Blued and Painted on 21 Aug 2016 10:53:02 AM
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Sitting Bull

172 Posts

Posted - 21 Aug 2016 :  5:11:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some other options might include the Summit 2802 & one of the "041" grinds, such as the Crower 60919 & Melling SPC-8, with Rhoads lifters.

Or, if you don't think you'd like the "tick" of Rhoads lifters, the Howard's 410051-14 might be a good choice.


Comp also has a cam similar to the Crower 60243. But it has a 110 LSA, and less adv duration.



This Crane looks even better. Has a 114 LSA. Should have a good idle and plenty of vac.


Lunati also has one that looks pretty good.


Edited by - Tub on 21 Aug 2016 5:45:41 PM
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deez nuts
Two Feathers

74 Posts

Posted - 28 Dec 2016 :  11:12:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Crower has some really good grinds. I'm also using the crower 60243 but my car isn't on the road yet so I can't comment on it
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