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Welcome to Elgin Cams !
Dimitri "Dema" Elgin began
working in the area of automotive technology in 1957 and opened
Elgin's MachineShop in 1960. In 1985, he sold the shop to his
employees so that he could devote his attention to his camshaft
business, now called Elgin Cams. This is the official website of
OUR BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY:
Our primary concern is to grind the
optimal camshaft for your engine. We do not mass produce a series of
camshafts and have you pick one that is about right. Our intention
is to grind a camshaft that is exactly right. With this in mind, it
is almost against our philosophy to produce a catalog. We have
cataloged here only some of what we have done for foreign car
engines because the range of modifications and applications is not
as great as with most American V8 engines. All of the performance
profiles in this catalog work. They are proven performers !
Experimental profiles are also available. In some cases, it will be
possible to pick a profile from the catalog because you are doing a
commonly known engine modification and that is exactly what that
profile in the catalog was designed for and in other cases it will
be necessary to design a profile from scratch on our computer.
If your camshaft is pitted, chipped,
or worn, send it to us and we will grind it to either stock
specifications or to a performance grind that meets your
requirements. In some cases it will be impossible to put a
performance grind on your used cam either because it has been
re-ground before or the factory didn't leave us enough material to
work with. If the factory didn't leave us enough material to
re-grind your cam a designation of "NEW BILLET REQUIRED"
or "WELDING REQUIRED" will be placed with the information
for that grind in the catalog. Also if the bearing journals are
excessively worn we can build them up with chrome plating and then
finish grind them back to their original size. We can save virtually
any rare camshaft. We think that after looking at our price sheet
that you will find it much cheaper to have your worn cam reground
than to buy a new one.
HOW TO ORDER:
first time engine re-builders or if you are at all unsure, call us
before sending your cam so that we can verify that the cam profile
you have chosen will work best for your intended application. If you
are an experienced engine builder, please include a note describing
which profile you would like. If you would like to order a new
billet cam you can just call us with your order.
We are here from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
pacific time. Feel free to call even if you would just like some
- Phone number 1 (707) 545-6115
- FAX number 1 (707) 545-6223
SENDING US YOUR CAMS:
When sending us your cams make sure
that they are double boxed or at least have lots of padding around
them. We've received quite a few cams that had harpooned their way
through one end of a box.Also if the box is dropped the cam can
break into as many as five pieces. Expect the worst treatment from
your shipping company.
There are three ways you can ship us your
Remember, we are here from 8 a.m. to
4 pm !
- Post Office
- Federal Express
We have made racing cams for
virtually everytype of racing; Bonneville, SCCA, Road Racing, Drag,
and Oval Dirt Track. We are continually developing new profiles to
gain the most from various motor modifications. If you don't find a
performance profile that you would like, call us with your needs.
Development work is always welcome. For developing full race
profiles we will need the following information:
- - Cylinder head flow data, engine size
- - Intake and exhaust system used
- - Cylinder bore
- - Crankshaft stroke
- - Connecting rod length (center to
- - Compression ratio
- - Power range desired
With the aid of
computers, Dema makes his own camshaft designs. Some of his best
costumers include General Motors,
Ford Motor Company, Nissan Corporation, Zakspeed International,
Porsche Motor Sports, and "Winston Cup" engine builders. He has the
largest percentage of cams used at "Mid-Ohio" from GT-1 to
Formula-V. In his spare time, Dema travels the country giving
speeches on cams and
camshafts. He also teaches at
Skyline Colleges, Automotive Technology Classes.