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Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:31 pm 
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Hey guys,

I have a Ford 1979 Fairmont XD, pacemaker headers and 2.1/2 exhaust with a C4 auto...

Im looking to upgrade and put a new cam on my car for extra (kw)
how hard is it to do your self, and how much would it cost
also how many (kw) difference would it make?
where abouts do i look as in manufacturers for new cam for it?

If any help could be passsed on that would help heaps!!!
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Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2004 5:21 pm 
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try wade cams,

is it v8 or a I6?? fitting a new cam to a 6 would be a pain in the a***, need the radiator to be removed, and the bumper.. im not sure how you would go with a v8? if you get a reground cam the cxost isnt much $200ish i think plus sum little parts for the rockers etc, as for improvement it should be good if you get the right cam. ring around try wade, crow cams etc..

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Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:51 pm 
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I have a 1980 XD and i just reciently changed my cam over from the standard one to a stage 2 cam from dynotech, It has improved the car a bit but the timing is a little different Strange like . Not normal now . Be carefull what ya doin i guess
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Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:59 pm 
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The latter efi XE / XF cams are o/k for stealth improvement...

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:31 pm 
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mitchg911 wrote:
try wade cams,

is it v8 or a I6?? fitting a new cam to a 6 would be a pain in the a***, need the radiator to be removed, and the bumper.. im not sure how you would go with a v8? if you get a reground cam the cxost isnt much $200ish i think plus sum little parts for the rockers etc, as for improvement it should be good if you get the right cam. ring around try wade, crow cams etc..

-Mitch


Sorry to be the d***head in the thread.. but this in in the 6 cylinder workshop :wink: :lol:

As for the cam, many manufacturers, Wade Cams do regrinds, meaning, you buy their cam for $122 or something, and then plus $110 for deposit, and then you get that back, when you send them your old cam. With wade cams, you will need shims, Im pretty sure this applies to 250's.
Chaning a cam in an OHC engine is piss easy, but with yours as mitch said, pain in the a***. But always a good experience. Improvements vary, and depend, If you've already got pacemakers, and exhaust, try a stage 2 wade, or maybe a stage 3. Stage 3 driveability becomes less evident. Just remember that just from a cam, the improvement is not HUGE.
Also have a look at Crow Cams, they have all sorts of stuff aswell..

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Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:03 pm 
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if you are going to do your cam you may as well have the head shaved 40 thou for better compression and if you have the time and cash change to the xf unleaded head :P

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:07 pm 
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EBXR8380 wrote:
The latter efi XE / XF cams are o/k for stealth improvement...


Yes, but dont have the fuel pump lobe on them
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