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Hi guys.

First of all im already now gonna excuse myself for my bad spelling =) Im from Sweden so English isnt my native language.

About a month ago bought a Pantera #219 here in Sweden. The car is all original but really needs som love and affection. =)

The car hasnt been used for about 20 years and was just stored away in a moist shed.

Under my 4 weeks as owner the car has got alot of attention and lots of things are happening with the car. The interior is out and last week the engine and transmission was taken out.

The engine is now in parts and it seems as its the original engine in the car. The car is a 1971 with the 351 Q spec. All original with only minor changes and that is change of carburator to a Holley 750 CFM and a Edelbrock Performer manifold and a aftermarket distributor, thats all.

When i drove the car home it felt like i really must have some more power. =)

Im a newbie at the camshaft specs and trying to spend much time on different forums to try to learn about Duration, lift, LSA and so on but sometimes it feels like that the more i read the more confused im getting. Im very impressed with the guys at this forum and was hoping you guys could help me. =)

I tried maybe a thousand different searches on Google to try to find an answer to my question but it seems impossible because everyone have different specs and wishes on how they want the engine to perform.

My question then is.

Which cam should i choose if i want to get the most power out of an otherwise almost stock 351C..?

Im willing to spend about 1000$ for the camshaft, timing belt, lifters, pushrods and springs.

I would prefer to go with a Hydraulic roller cam and seen some kits for sale to get the whole bundle like the link below suggests.

So what would you cam gurus choose if you were on a budget and wanted the most bang for the buck..?

I understant that my situation isnt optimal and understand that i should change some other parts to but i have spent a whole lot for the car and there is sooo much other to do on the car this winter that i must not overspend to get everything to 100% top notch and hope you guys can understand me =)

So what i got is the original 351C Q-engine so thats the one with open chamber 4V heads and flat pistons. I think it should have 9:1 CR

I have no problems with a choppy idle or if it takes some revs to get it going as long as there is some HP between 2500-> 6000 Rpm

I dont know how important this info is but here in Sweden we have Shell V-Power fuel at the stations and that is 99 octan, maybe thats makes a difference in choosing cam..?

Im sure i forgot some specs or so but if i missed something that you have to know to make the right choice then just ask. =)

I really appriciate your help guys and hope you can help me because i have MUCH to learn about cams. =)

Best Regards
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Hi Peter!

Welcome to the family and hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of your Pantera.

Generally, you will want everything to work well together - not too much in any one area. In example, too much carb or cam will not make a happy motor. So, intake/carb, cam, heads, exhaust all need to work together.

I would guess cam duration of aroun 240 +- 10 degrees and .5 or .6 lift. Dan Jones spec-ed my new cam and I am very happy with my new motor. Your motor sounds pretty close to what I have: 10:1 compression, same heads, headers, dual plane intake with a 750ish vacuum secondary carb.

I'm sure there are others around with some experience to make suggestions.

Have fun, be safe!
Congrats on your purchase, welcome to the family, and welcome again to the forum

Your use of english is great!

Here's my recommendation and other thoughts:

Cam: Crane Cams #529541 (grind HR-216/325-2S-12)
278°/286° advertised duration
216°/224° duration @ 0.050
Exhaust valve opens = 76° BBDC
58° overlap
Intake valve closing = 70° ABDC
0.562"/0.586" valve lift
112° lobe separation angle

This cam is advertised to be compatible with the compression ratio of your Pantera's motor. I would time it 4° advanced over Crane's recommendation. Opening the exhaust valve earlier will help the motor cope and perform better with whatever the back pressure of the exhaust system is, closing the intake valve earlier will help build dynamic compression, and the advanced timing will give the motor a little more low rpm snap when you accelerate off-idle. The duration at 0.050 and the intake valve lift aren't numerically impressive, but this cam is a sleeper.

Other stuff:

Crane (#36532-16) or Lunati (#72335-16) hydraulic roller lifters

PAC-1520 BBC beehive valve spring
(additionally nitrided version of PAC-1220 spring)

• 155 lbs. seated pressure
• 377 lbs./inch spring rate
• 0.650" maximum lift
• 1.88" installed height
• 1.445” OD – 1.00” ID

This is a Big Block Chevy beehive spring manufactured by PAC Racing Springs; the spring is sold by all of the major cam manufacturers under their own part number however. PAC Racing Springs is a small division of the Peterson American Company (i.e. PAC) the largest spring manufacturer in the USA. They manufacture the ovate wire beehive valve springs in two series, the 1200 series and the 1500 series. The 1200 series valve springs are the budget springs. The 1500 series valve springs are nitrided, polished and nano-peened; they are easily identified by their gold color. The 1500 series valve springs cost about 25% more than the 1200 series valve springs.

The installed height of the spring may require some spring pedestal machining or longer valves (more about that later).

Complimentary parts needed for this valve spring include steel valve spring cups (#PAC-C201) to securely locate the base of the spring and 10° spring retainers (#PAC-R310 chromoly or #PAC-R510 titanium) to properly hold the spring at the top.

The spring force at maximum lift shall be 367 lbs intake & 376 lbs exhaust. To use this cam and spring combination without machining the rocker arm pedestals for 7/16" fasteners is pushing the limits of the OEM 5/16" bolt that fastens the rocker arm to the pedestal. It should be OK, but there's not the usual amount of over-kill I like to build into a motor.

A roller rocker arm that doesn’t provide the ability to adjust the lifter pre-load is the Ford Racing Performance Parts bolt-down roller rocker arm #M-6564-C351. It is a good quality billet rocker arm that bolts directly to the OEM rocker pedestals via a 5/16” cap screw (it requires no head machining for installation).

A roller rocker arm that does provide the ability to adjust lifter pre-load is the Yella Terra YT-6015 roller rocker arm, another good choice that bolts directly to the OEM rocker pedestal (no machining is required). It is a billet aluminum rocker arm with a push rod cup style lash adjuster, which fastens to the pedestal by a 5/16” cap screw.

Since this camshaft is ground on a steel core you'll need to replace the distributor drive gear with a gear made out of compatible material.

Crane #52970-1 for 0.500” diameter distributor shafts
Crane #52971-1 or Ford Racing Performance Parts #M-12390-J, both for 0.531” diameter distributor shafts

Stiffer 5/16” OD pushrods – 0.120” wall thickness – manufactured to custom length

The length of the push rods need to be sized for your aplication and custom ordered. You won't be able to just pick a part number out of a catalog. The thick wall push rods as specified, having a 0.072” diameter by ~8.4” long passage down their middle, are effective at limiting the amount of oil flowing to the valve train in hydraulic tappet applications. The thick wall push rods also compliment the stiffer valve springs and allow the valve train to operate safely at higher rpm. One possible source for these push rods is Smith Brothers Push Rods of Bend Oregon, although it doesn't really matter to me where you buy them.

Even though you're installing a roller cam, the motor still needs oil with the anti-friction additive ZDDP in it, to properly lubricate the distributor gear and the mating gear on the camshaft.


Please also be aware that sluggish performance may be the result of a poorly tuned or calibrated carburetor or a poorly tuned or calibrated ignition. The 351C is a fairly spirited performing motor, even in stock condition. It shouldn't "need" a roller cam to give it spirited performance. Certain Holley carburetors (like the 3310) are notorious for being poorly calibrated out-of-the-box.

It would be a shame to buy all these expensive camshaft parts only to find the motor still performs sluggisly, and that in reality all it needed was a good service and tuning!

Here's a universal ignition calibration for iron heads & flat top pistons:
1. Set the distributor for 20° centrifugal advance. The centrifugal advance curve should start advancing a few hundred rpm above the motors idle rpm (assuming the motors idle will be set around 800 rpm +/- 200 rpm). The centrifugal advance curve shall advance 10° per 800 rpm to 10° per 1000 rpm. If the curve starts at about 1200 engine rpm it should end at 2800 to 3200 engine rpm
2. Connect the vacuum advance canister to the carburetor’s ported vacuum connection. If the vacuum advance is adjustable it should be limited to about 10°
3. Set the initial (static) advance at 16° to 18°
4. With 16° to 18° of initial advance plus 20° centrifugal advance total advance equals 36° to 38°. The amount of advance at idle shall be 16° to 18° due to the initial advance setting, there is no vacuum advance at idle with ported vacuum.

Finally, if the Pantera's motor is still equipped with the OEM valves, OEM connecting rod fasteners, and OEM crankshaft damper it is a ticking time bomb. The OEM valves are known to unpredictably drop their heads while the motor is running and perform catastrophic damage to the motor. The connecting rod nuts are known to pull their threads during spirited driving, also perfoming catastrophic damage. Due to the age of the rubber bond, the outer ring of the crankshaft damper is known to walk off the hub, and also slip and throw the balance of the motor off.

If you were to remove the cylinder heads to replace the valves, you could order 0.100" longer valves to help with the installed height of the PAC beehive valve springs.

Lots to think about.

Best Wishes

Hi guys and a big thanks for the welcome and for your help.

Cowboy from hell you are truly talented about these things and i am very impressed about all your knowledge and i truly appriciate your time and help. I am sure it took you a while to write your reply to me and i cant thank you enough..! Thanks Thanks Thanks..!

As i said i am an amateur on these kind of things and have lots to learn and want to learn. =)

As you guys know the plans you first made for the winterjob on a car just keeps getting bigger and bigger and also moneywise you just spend more and more. =)

I am not a rich guy and work hard to provide for my family and my hobby.

I really love the Pantera and to find one for sale wasnt easy but at last i found a car that was in my pricerange but as i said it needed some attention to get to my standards =)

My first plans for this winter was to do lots of things that would not cost that much money but do lots of difference, like cleaning everything and refurbish some things and get the wheels repainted and change the interior carpet and so on. But as i said the plans just get bigger and bigger and since i like everything ultraclean i figuered that i had to take the engine out so i could clean everything properly and the car could get to a condition it deserved. =)

And then when the engine was out i thought that it would be good to separate it because the cleaning bit would be easier and i could also look more at the condition at the engine. This adventure just makes me see more and more stuff i want to change and make better but the cash flow isnt keeping up with my thoughts. =)

i thought that since the engine was out and separated that i would put it back together with another cam and some other things.

As you see the things and plans for the car this winter are just getting bigger and bigger and the amount of spending money just keeps getting higher and higher *like always* =)

Your reply was great and i understand that this is the way to go. I went to different websites to look at the parts you recomended and i noticed that its not gonna fit my budget.

What i could find, these were the prices

Cam = 404 $
Lifters = 635 $
Springs = 300 $
Rockers = 500 $
Drivegear = 50 $
Pushrods = ~ 100 $
Shipment Cost = ~ 100 $

Total = 2089 $

And what you said about the engine balancer and original valves and connecting rod nuts frightened me =)

Maybe it would be best this winter just to make everything clean and repaint the engine and so on and try to calibrate the engine in the way you wrote.

I bought the car in knowing it would never be sold and my plans for the car spans over many years and need not to do everything just this single winter. =)

If i wouldnt go with a roller cam and trying to keep the cost down is there maybe a "bundle/package" like the link in my previous post that would be priceeffective and would outperform the original cam.

Next winter i can buffer up some money and take the engine out once again and do some better work then. =)

Thanks again for your help and once again sorry for my bad spelling. =)

Best Regards
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