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Posts: 22
From: maple valley,wa,98038
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 04-23-2003 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kopps67   Click Here to Email kopps67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whats your opinion with isky cams? Why does it seem that my 270-280 mega cam (221-232@050)is quite a bit less than say comp cam for the same rpm range?
270-280 isky
69 351 heads ported and 1.94-1.6
c-4 w/3800
4.56/28" hoosier
current best 11.85 @ 111

Would increasing compression to 11.5-1 and upping the cam to (any reccomendations on a solid) allow me to run 11.40's or so?

any advice appreciated

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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 04-23-2003 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M
In a word, Isky is great quality but OTS.
OTS = O-ld T-ired S-h*t.
No new technology since the 70's.
Same old egg shapped lobe designs they developed in the 60's.
Great for street rods or show queens.

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From: Charlotte NC usa
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 04-25-2003 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a custom Isky - Mega 270 intake, Mega 280 exhaust for my Cleveland.
It self destructed due to (according to my machinist) too little lobe bevel which did not rotate the lifters enough, wiped several lobes. Debris then scratched the bores and bearings.
Everybody seems to like Comp.

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Daniel Jones

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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 04-25-2003 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones   Click Here to Email Daniel Jones     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve Grossen had a lot of trouble with Comp. He kept eating distributor and cam gears on his 351W with a Comp 280H. Comp replaced the cam several times before bothering to check the cam gears. Seems they had a batch of cores with improperly machined gears. I had a similar problem with a Lunati, another friend had some problems with Crower etc. It probably gets back to the fact that there are only a handful of people that make the cam cores and the fact that the cam companies only do statistical sampling. The worst part of dealing with cam companies are the tech lines. Call them three different times and get three completely different answers.

Dan Jones

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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 04-26-2003 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Toronado3800     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last thing I heard from Isky was the first article about a Chevy Stroker 305 I read when I was 17.

Car Craft used a custom grind from Isky and seemed to recommend them for customs.

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From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 04-26-2003 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Their 'Mega' lineup came out in the late 80's I believe. It's a more modern lineup... even though they are hydraulic. They came out around the same time (or slightly later than) the Comp Magnum line.

Joe Sherman seems to like Isky.

Personally, I've never used one.

Good Luck!

Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3

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