As our own Chris Holley detailed earlier this year, the camshaft degreeing process is a critical component in maximizing the power of any performance engine. For many years, the best methods involved a degree wheel, pointer, dial indicator, and some adaptive hardware.
Just like anything else, technological advancements such as the Altronics Digicam at Summit Racing have made proper cam installation quicker, easier, and more accurate. Its digital readout does away with the traditional wheel, giving users crankshaft position accuracy of one-tenth of a degree.
With the proper crank hub adapter installed, the Digicam slides over the crank snout and is held in position with a set screw. On the top side, a bolt into one of the timing chain holes holds the aluminum frame upright. From there, it’s simple to set top-dead-center (TDC), measure cam lobe centerline, or find the duration.
As the engine is rotated, the Digicam’s display shows live crankshaft position as 0 to 180 degrees before or after TDC. Setup is straightforward as the LCD display will guide you through the process with a series of blinks, letters, and dashes. A two-button operation keeps it simple while providing stellar results.
If a day at the degree wheel sounds daunting to you, then the Altronics Digicam might be the hot ticket to try your hand at precision engine building. As a cam card connoisseur, your Chrysler product is sure to thank you when it comes to elapsed times at the track.