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Apologies for another cam post but I'm taking a shot at boiling it down to a yes or no...maybe. I am replacing the top end on my 289. AFR 165 heads, Performer intake, 600 cfm carb. Aiming for 9.2:1 or so compression on a stock bottom end. Long tube headers, 2.5" exhaust, C4 auto. This will be a spirited weekend cruiser and occasional back roads/highway driver.
Will order: 1500-1800 stall converter, new posi 3rd member 3.55 or 3.80, Morel 5323 link bar roller lifters.

Now that I have switched to roller lifters my search filter for a roller cam changes from 289 to SB Windsor. I am no longer looking for Retro fit cams with reduced base circle. Best cam selection seems to fall into 82 to 95, 5.0/302 range when that roller block came out. I believe these "off the shelf" cams will fit my motor as long as I don't get too wild with my lift or overlap and pass the clay test. Am I looking at the correct shelf?
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Lee Holman makes an exact repo of the original hipo 289 cam. Excellent quality. Great cam for street driving and can wind a 289 to almost 7k. great idle. I know you got roller lifters but ........... . The LH cam has standard 289 base circle.
 

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Hey all,
Apologies for another cam post but I'm taking a shot at boiling it down to a yes or no...maybe. I am replacing the top end on my 289. AFR 165 heads, Performer intake, 600 cfm carb. Aiming for 9.2:1 or so compression on a stock bottom end. Long tube headers, 2.5" exhaust, C4 auto. This will be a spirited weekend cruiser and occasional back roads/highway driver.
Will order: 1500-1800 stall converter, new posi 3rd member 3.55 or 3.80, Morel 5323 link bar roller lifters.

Now that I have switched to roller lifters my search filter for a roller cam changes from 289 to SB Windsor. I am no longer looking for Retro fit cams with reduced base circle. Best cam selection seems to fall into 82 to 95, 5.0/302 range when that roller block came out. I believe these "off the shelf" cams will fit my motor as long as I don't get too wild with my lift or overlap and pass the clay test. Am I looking at the correct shelf?
Your stock C4 converter stalls at 1,800 or so rpm so.....

Our 289 build, 9.5:1 CR, AFR165's is going with a roller lifter cam, specifically a Ford M-6250-E303 and link-bar lifters.
 

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Thanks guys
I'll admit the H&M cam was not on my radar. If I were sticking with flat tappets that one would have been high on the list. I had an eye on the E303 already. I understand it's a pretty old grind like the HMe xx290H but they both still get the job done. Seems I was pretty far off on my stall speed. Guess i'm looking at closer to 2300-2500.
Bart what kind of HP number are you expecting out of that combo?
 

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Do you have any specific needs for the cam? wanting something just for a spirited driver chances are you would be happy with about any smallish performance cam available. Your engine combo is kinda mis-matched, heads are way overkill for a performer intake and 600 cfm carb, and your compression is kind of low for many performance camshafts.. with that said you might want to look for a cam intended for EFI, as they tend to limit overlap and that will not bleed off the little compression you have. But like i said if you are not goal oriented then read through some cam descriptions and pick a few that fit your rpm range and user application.. ie a street / strip cam.
 
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