Guys here should know if this is the Ed Nix of Tennessee racing legend, he is one who has forgotten more than most will ever know about building engines. Great to hear you are still in town, still around and still building engines. Are you still at the shop (Ed Nix Balance & Machine, 117 Glenn Springs Rd Lawrenceburg,TN 38464-3101 (931) 762-3977) ?
Thanks for refreshing my memory about the specs of the Herbert roller. FWIW, we never degreed cams in those days. Whatever Chet recommended, out of the box and into the engine. Another FWIW, that $130 billet roller cam and kit from 1963 would equal $925 today, so it was a high-dollar item for guys building short-track engines racing for fun. Most were racing for fun because the same half-dozen guys took home all the money. Fortunately, Bobby Allison took home the most. Still, winning the National Modified Championship, it wasn't really enough to support a family pay the crew anything beyond hamburgers. He had to rebuild stock customer engines in the off-season. I remember one friend had him do a stock 2-bbl 265" and paid Bobby $500, which was huge money in 1963. The Mud Creek Racing Team got lots of local support that way.
Ed, for whom were you building short-track engines in those days? Remember, Bobby, Donnie and Eddie Allison, Red Farmer, Coo-Coo Marlin, Freddie Fryar?
thnx, jack vines
Studebaker-Packard V8 Limited