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Roothawg

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Hey guys, for the last few months I have been trying to get all the info I can about hot rodding a 62 390 slated to go in my 36 Ford.
I am having a heck of a time getting any performance data. I have been calling the folks that are supposed to be the experts, but so far not a lot of info out there.

So far, I have a good donor engine and I have acquired a set of Studebaker rocker arm sets to convert it to adjustable.
No one seems to be able to tell me if there are any limitations on how big of a cam I can run using the pedestal mount rockers. I am waiting on Isky to call me back today.

I'm open to any info you may be able to provide. So that we don't rehash old news, here is a link to a thread I started on another board.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/thre ... t-11580763

Thanks

Root
 

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I was leaning towards converting to a T56 but it depends on what I will have to do to adapt it. I like the idea of a 700 R just for availability. 20 years from now I can still get parts.

I have been talking with Ron as Isky and he is researching some stuff for me. I have pondered using the MSD Atomic EFI and hiding it under the old Caddy air cleaner. He's contacting MSD to see what sort of vacuum signal is required, so that we don't overcam it.
 

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If it were me and I wanted a cam for that motor I would talk to Iskenderian. Ed cut his teeth on those motors and I believe he is actually still in charge.
Greg Surfas
 

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I recently seen a artcle on him in the pics he was standing
in front of a 70 cdv convertable.. He is a old time Cadillac nut
if he is still in charge i cant see him having anything to do with
the Cadillac grinds they sell... But he is,the guy I think to recomend
a grind

P.S
Larry took his advise when i got my
solid roller 324* 274@.05 .435 lobe lift
cant really compare it to thier catalog stuff :D
 

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Any of the custom cam grinders are going to use more than tribal knowledge (guessing+) to spec in a cam.
 

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Actually, I don't have a clue for a grind. I only have experience in the 265,283 327 realm. A 390 is basically a SBC stroker motor, but I don't have a clue on what they will respond well to. I figure I'll call Isky back and see what they came up with. I never did get a call back.

On another notye, the guys at Cadco say they have some go fast stuff in stock. I guess I'll give them a call. They responded back to my FB post the other day.
 

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Bruce, I was leaning towards converting to a T56 but it depends on what I will have to do to adapt it. I like the idea of a 700 R just for availability. 20 years from now I can still get parts.
 

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Roothawg said:
Bruce, I was leaning towards converting to a T56 but it depends on what I will have to
do to adapt it. I like the idea of a 700 R just for availability. 20 years from now I can still get parts.

Note that a 62 engine is set up for a Hydramatic, which is nothing like a BOP. Bruce Roe
 

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Roothawg said:
True, but if I use an adapter, I can use some of the later technology.

Isnt the bell housing part of the block on a hydramatic ?? If so the way to go
would be like a 700 or 4l with the bell cut off as they do for a Ultrabell

I suppose a well built 700 might hold up and no computer bs to deal with
a.f.a.i.k
 
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