Crane Cams was founded in 1953 by Harvey Crane and occupied the corner of his father’s machine shop in Hallandale, FL. As racers began to win with Crane’s camshafts, the fledgling company built an ever-expanding customer base. Crane pioneered the use of computers in designing camshaft profiles. This was far more accurate and faster than manual methods. Today, Crane Cams has a significant amount of R&D and manufacturing resources to rely on, including an immense number of state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, dyno cells, Spintrons and a fully government-certified emissions lab. The company has the ability to produce fully digitized camshafts using Landis CNC equipment, as well as grinding cams via traditional methods using production masters. Quality control is assured through state-of-the-art Zeiss optical and Adcole equipment. With the industry’s largest camshaft database, which exceeds 80,000 profiles, an impressive manufacturing capability, and an experienced tech staff (most of whom have 15+ years service with Crane Cams), the company stands ready to provide customers with industry-leading quality products and superior service. From Daytona to Indy and to your local drive-in, Crane Cams has you covered. Here is an overview of Crane’s most popular products:
Hydraulic Flat Tappet Camshaft
The most popular OEM camshaft type through the late ‘80s, hydraulic lifter profiles can provide a power curve that tops out just over 7000 RPM (when used in conjunction with high performance hydraulic lifters) while offering ease of maintenance. Choices range from grinds developed to improve bottom-end torque for towing to aggressive profiles with rough idle characteristics that many enthusiasts prefer.
Hydraulic Roller Tappet Camshaft
It is for good reason why virtually all pushrod-style engines manufactured for over two decades are equipped with hydraulic roller cams. The roller’s ability to open and close the valves more quickly facilitates the design of more sophisticated camshaft profiles, while the hydraulic lifter body eliminates the need to constantly set valve lash. They have an exceptionally “flat” power curve and are a popular retrofit into older engines.
Mechanical Flat Tappet Camshaft
Popularly referred to as employing “solid” lifters, these cams represent an excellent value as they can support a power band that tops out in excess of 8500 RPM using moderately priced flat tappet lifters. These cams are the backbone of the muscle car era, and popular in many Bracket Racing applications. Crane also offers “Saturday Night Special” economical cam/lifter package for many oval track applications.
Mechanical Roller Tappet Camshaft
Designed for operation at ranges that can exceed 10,000 RPM, mechanical roller cams represent the ultimate in efficiency. While a large number of mechanical roller cams are used in purely competition applications, Crane Cams does manufacture less severe roller grinds that are designed for high performance street engines that have higher compression or power-adders. For best results, valve lash must be checked and set periodically.
SOHC & DOHC Camshafts
Many engines, such as the Ford “Modular” series, employ an overhead cam design and do not have lifters. The camshaft actuates a follower, which in turn opens and closes the valve. Crane has been at the forefront of OHC camshaft technology since the days of the Ford “Cammer” engines of the ‘60s through specialized race engines and Sport Compact applications.
Crane offers a huge variety of premium grade, harmonically controlled single, double and triple valve spring packages to provide the optimum pressure and installed height for most any application.
Valve Spring Retainers
Both heavy-duty steel and lightweight titanium valve spring retainers are offered by Crane, with a choice of 7° and 10° valve lock angels. Available for all popular valve spring combinations.
Gold Race Roller Rocker Arms
The rocker arms are manufactured from heat-treated billet aluminum extrusions, and CNC machined to exacting tolerances. These gold anodized rockers have long had the reputation of being the most accurate on the market and feature Crane’s exclusive Quick-Lift™technology. They employ heavy-duty precision-ground steel needle bearings, a heat-treated steel roller tip, and come complete with adjustable locking nuts. Standard Crane Gold Race rocker arms are proven to handle up to 700 lbs. of valve spring pressure (open), while special “wide body” designs at rated to 900 lbs.
Energizer Roller Rocker Arms
The Energizer provides the benefits of a lightweight, roller-tipped aluminum rocker arm at moderate prices. They are manufactured from aerospace quality die-formed aluminum castings and CNC-machined to precise ratio-accurate specifications. Like Crane’s more expensive roller rocker arms, they have heavy-duty precision-ground steel needle bearings and a heat-treated steel roller tip. They also include adjustable locking nuts. Perfect for street applications, Crane’s Energizer® rocker arms have been used by Detroit automakers for special engine programs. They are designed for use with camshaft/valve train packages that require valve springs with up to 450 lbs. (open) pressure.
XR-i Points Replacement Module
Upgrading the ignition of ’50s, ’60s and ’70s vehicles while maintaining a “stock” appearance is easily accomplished by installing a Crane XR-i module inside the factory distributor, doing away with the points and condenser. This contemporary digital technology assures maintenance-free operation and has a built-in adjustable rev limiter for an extra safeguard. Crane also has digital conversions for many other factory ignition systems, both domestic and import.
HI-6 Multi-Spark CD Ignition
Feature-for-feature, Crane’s HI-6 multi-spark CD ignition for racing or street applications is the industry’s best value. It delivers higher spark-gap current (when used with a companion Crane FireBall LX-92 coil) than the competition and can handle engines with compression ratios to 14.5:1. Important features include surface-mount construction, fully digital components that are sealed in urethane for protection against heat, dirt, water and vibration, plus a rotary dial-adjusted rev limiter. It supports points, module or magnetic triggers.
HI-6R Multi-Spark CD Ignition
The HI-6R is ideally suited for use with high compression (to 14.5:1) normally aspirated engines or those equipped with power-adders (blowers, turbos, nitrous). It offers exclusive cross-fire protection for supercharged or turbo installations, and has a built-in timing retard (with optional control module, p/n 6000-6425 for in-car adjustments). With a digital design, surface-mount construction, and urethane sealing of all internal components, it’s proven to be the most reliable CD ignition on the market today. Shock mounts included for racing applications.
HI-6DSR Multi-Spark CD Ignition
Engineered for drag racing, the HI-6DSR features a dual stage rev limiter to facilitate setting separate RPM limits for staging and down-track control. It delivers exceptional spark-gap current that can optimize combustion in normally aspirated (to 14.51 ratio) and boosted (nitrous, turbo, blower) applications. It can also be equipped with a remote timing retard. You will find the HI-6DSR to perform better than competitive units costing substantially more. It’s an engine saver in a digital package that is sealed against shock and vibration.