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    Camshaft identify - Studebaker V8

    How would one tell if a cam was an early billet type as opposed to the much more common cast type? Is there a casting number or numbers that identify these cams?
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    There is a number on the cam just a few lobs above the dist. drive gear. The 2 easiest ways to tell, is to clean it good and you will find them copper plated on the base shaft. Or drop it to the ground from an inch or 2 above the ground and they will ring. The cast cam will have a dull thud.
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    If the Cam is from a 1952 or Later V8 Engine you need not worry about it being one of the Bad early 1951 Cams that when known/found, were Dealer recalled and replaced.
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    Alan wrote -
    Or drop it to the ground from an inch or to above the ground and they will ring. The cast cam will have a dull thud.

    Just like a high quality fastener vs. a bad quality fastener.
    Plus there won't be any...cast iron roughness ! It'll be fully machined.

    Mike

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    Early 232 steel cams had a single punch mark on the cam snout even with the keyway. read that on info found in box of early steel cam lifters found in stash. Luck Doofus

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    I took my cam from my 259 in to a cam shop for retuning and the guy recognized it from 10 feet away, I just walked in the door and he said that is from a Studebaker V8. I asked him how could you tell from that far away he said they are easy to recognize.

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    That 5th bearing is a dead giveaway. Luck Doofus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagandaga View Post
    How would one tell if a cam was an early billet type as opposed to the much more common cast type? Is there a casting number or numbers that identify these cams?
    What is the number(s) that would be stamped on the cam?

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