Anyone running a cammed 401 looking for real world input I’m running 9.7 .1 compression bored 30 over forged pistons 35” rubber 3:54 gears??
Im currently running the crane cam I believe the H-260-2.
Its been awhile since I've built my 360. I smoked through a couple summit cams and wiped lobes because of quality... Im currently running
the crane cam I believe the H-260-2. Its great in my 360. I have a 401 sitting in my shop waiting for me to build. I have no plans of replacing the factory cam unless it is damage or in need of repair. It is a beast. I pulled it out of a cj5 running a 4 barrel holley double pumper with no problems. My plans (when I get to it): pull everything apart and make sure everything is with in spec, EB torque intake, maybe EB aluminum heads, and bolt on injection, with O2 sensors and go. I've seen a lot of AMC V8 builders throw one hell of a cam in the motor to pull power... And as mentioned for a street car or show jeep no problem. For a "jeep" I want my RPM range low with power and don't really care about top end power. especially running t-18, 488 axle ratio, and 40" tires. that's me though. the only thing that would trump all this is if i sell my 360, and 401 and drop a ls3 like everyone else... not that there is anything wrong with that...
This friend also warned me off of COMP stuff, which seemed like one of the other most popular options. He's personally wiped out two of them recently, has seen questionable quality control himself and has heard similar things from his AMC racing friends. Sam Sullivan on here is building a 4.7L stroker and just got a COMP cam that had questionable bearing surfaces that he thought QA should have caught.
It's not the cams that have manufacturing issues. The lack of zinc additive in the oil, improper break in procedures, or poor initial start up kill the lobes. We start up a new engine about 1 a week without issues.