I know there are some great aftermarket cams out there Ed (or Scott, whichever one you are
), but from the research we've done I can get a regrind for about half the price of an INTENSE or ZZP cam. I'm pretty sure the process includes rehardening when CompCams does it. We'll have to double check, or maybe you know already?
This project is basically devoted to getting the most bang for your buck out of an L36. Doug has done a great job hand-porting the spare heads and LIM, so the plan is to mill the heads for increased compression and throw 'em on there to see what kind of numbers we come out with. As I said before, we'll do a stock baseline dyno, then get all the parts on there and do another pull to see what the gains are. If the regrind only costs $120 (which is what Comp quoted over the phone) we'll go that route just to save money. Ideally I'd like to send a stock cam to Comp and see what they can do with it so we know how much longer the pushrods need to be. Then we'll remove the corresponding amount from the heads in the hopes that we can have higher compression and a more aggressive cam while maintaining the stock valvetrain geometry.
Bottom line: we should be able to use stock pushrods and rockers, which will save lots of money. Remember, our goal here is not necessarily maximum N/A power; we're seeing how much power we can get for the lowest possible cost. Then, we'll pass the results on to the rest of the club, and hopefully there will be many members who benefit from our 'research.' Even if it'* not cost effective, at least we can say we tried to do it. It'* all a learning experience.
Let'* hear some feedback or comments on this strategy. I'd love to know if there are weak spots in my plan.