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post #1 of 26 Old 10-30-2015, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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CAM LOCKS for Ferrari 355

Greetings All:

Some of you may recall that I designed and built CAM Locks a few months back. When I measured the CAM center to center distance it was just a crude measurement and the CAM locks worked fine but where not as tight of a fit as I would have liked.

So, my inspector used our CMM to accurately measure the CAM center to center distance off my cylinder heads.

So, I made a couple of minor tweaks to the design and the second generation of CAM Locks are coming soon.

Along with the sticky parts refinishing, we will be starting to offer Ferrari tools. The CAM Locks will be coming soon. We need to create a prototype to prove out the fit and after these will go into production and will be available for those that want to purchase them.

Details and pricing to come when available (guessing 4-8 weeks)

The first photos are the prototype made a few months back and the later images are the new generation to come.
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Just a comment from a practical side. The cut outs look nice but to they really serve a purpose other than to look nice and increase machining time and cost? Actually, the tool might be easier to use if the cut outs weren't there as it would be easier to grip across the width. I.E. your finger would not interfere with the sprockets. Think about it. Your natural grip with the be to grip it side to side, not top to bottom. Also, looks like you are using pretty heavy gage steel so do you really need what looks to be about 1/4" (or more) from the OD of the holes for the locking pins to the edge of the tool? Seems that could be trimmed down almost by 1/2. Just thinking out loud.

If you are going to tell someone how to remove a bolt you should at least know which way to turn the wrench.
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John,

All good and valid points. However, doing design for many years I've learned there are always pros and cons. Yes, the cutouts are for looks to a degree (I don't make anything that does not look appealing ), but I also want good access to the center nuts and the degree pins. As for machining time, sure the cutouts do increase the time but you've never seen us remove material - sneeze and that material will vanish The reality is the cost will be driven by the low volume of sales and building enough of these per lot and inventory cost. I'm not making this stuff to get rich, I'm doing so because I believe the community needs some of these tools and I happen to have the experience and equipment to produce them.

And while the pins take 99% of the load, some small amount is taken by the friction of the clamp and part of the reason for some surface area. Could I reduce the size? Sure, but I don't see the need - these are not going on the space shuttle
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And, Just for you John, I made it look a little more pretty
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Oh no! Limited production. Do I smell a Ferrari tax?


I'm sure it will be a nice tool even if you ignore my suggestions.


[edit] I didn't see the nice rounded corners. More machining. But at least it won't hurt as much when I drop one on my toes.

And to other reading this. Dave know I'm just goofin' on him. Seriously, it will be a nice tool.

If you are going to tell someone how to remove a bolt you should at least know which way to turn the wrench.
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Your suggestions are good John but you have been overruled

Ferrari tax? Perhaps - yet to be determined. I was going to make these from stainless steel but I talked myself off that ledge They will get black oxide though....
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Your suggestions are good John but you have been overruled

Story of my wife. I mean life. No, it's my wife.

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Ferrari tax? Perhaps - yet to be determined. I was going to make these from stainless steel but I talked myself off that ledge They will get black oxide though....


Titanium!

If you are going to tell someone how to remove a bolt you should at least know which way to turn the wrench.
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Just make sure the ones i asked for dont get sticky in a few years. Ha ha. Also since you did use your right side of the brain (artistic) would you please number them so i could have 2 of ...... I am sure the artist always keeps number 1. This way mine will be worth more money someday. Did i mention they look awesome!!!!
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Quick update:

Finally had some time to run these through the shop. Couple hundred bodies are made and the clamps are in the works.
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Most excellent

Needs decorative pocketing on that face LOL



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Most excellent

Needs decorative pocketing on that face LOL



LOL - thanks buddy

That face will get some nice laser marking after plating

Your set will be coming at you in a few weeks gratis
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Cant wait.

They look great

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I'd take a set Dave.
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I'd take a set Dave.
Email set - Elliot - thank you.

Guys, I've not decided the price of these yet as we still need to review our costs.
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Clamps in process. These should be ready in a couple weeks. We are doing these in Black Oxide finish.
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Dave put me down for an extra set

I need to gift them to a heavy hitter down this way. He just did a motor and the cam moved LOL

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Very nice product Dave. I'm in for a set.
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Dave put me down for an extra set

I need to gift them to a heavy hitter down this way. He just did a motor and the cam moved LOL
What's a "heavy hitter"?

Is it a large person?
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Laser Marked the first body today. These will get all done tomorrow and assembly will begin. Clamps are done and should go for Black Oxide on Wednesday. We expect to have these all complete next week.
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Hi Guys,

So, we have now released the CAM Locks and they are on the website: Ferrari F355 Cam Lock Tool ? Sticky RX Refinishing Solutions

One set includes 2 Cam Lock assemblies. Please check out the site for details.

Tim, your 2 sets will ship tomorrow.
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