New Cams for Chrysler, Dodge and Desoto Hemis

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New Cams for Chrysler, Dodge and Desoto Hemis

Post by mart » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:37 pm

Somebody posted on the H.A.M.B. looking for
a new, not reground camshaft for his high-deck
Desoto hemi and was wondering who, if anybody
had or made new camshaft cores for these
engines. Somebody mentioned that a guy named
Donnie Johansen had new cores in stock. Several
posts later Johansen himself posted with the name
and phone number for his company - 'Contreras
Camshafts'. It turns out he makes brand new cams
for early Chrysler, Dodge and DeSoto hemis, in just
about any configuretion and for just about
any application.

Contreras Camshafts
Shop phone...909-597-5950
Chino, California.

------------------------------- ... ght=desoto

Yes, we have them. The same as what we have
been making with new updates for the last 40
years. Dodge, Desoto, Chrysler - long nose or
short nose - Cast iron core or steel core - street
or race - nitro or gasoline...

We make them all
just give us a call
with a new name
same 'ol donnie johansen
and a little bit of mee too

contreras camshafts....
Shop phone...909-597-5950
chino, california.


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Re: New Cams for Chrysler, Dodge and Desoto Hemis

Post by 345 DeSoto » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:34 pm

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Re: New Cams for Chrysler, Dodge and Desoto Hemis

Post by earlyhemibill » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:15 pm

I haven't been able to get ahold of Conterras cams, although Don Johansan has been grinding cams for Hot Heads. I got a roller for my 341 Desoto hemi, but the base circle is so small that the lifters won't reach all the way down the lifter hole. They hang on the cross bars. Am looking for longer lifters if they are available. The ones I am using are for a 318. Johansan says that's what they use, but now I'm somewhat skeptical. :-?

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Re: New Cams for Chrysler, Dodge and Desoto Hemis

Post by George » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:44 pm

318 are the ones that work, just the right space for the cross bars. Lifter holes are too close together on the Dodge, and too far apart for the Chrs. Sounds like you received a regrind that has too much ground off.

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