There are a handful of pioneers that established the speed industry in the United States and they all shared a common goal: going faster than the other guy.
They were first, and foremost, racers; they became businessmen almost by accident, by following their dream of going faster. Harvey Crane, Jr. was one of those individuals.
Experimenting with camshafts to "soup-up" his flathead Ford hot rod, he found that his designs and quality would outperform any that were available at the time. When other hot rodders found this out they wanted to buy his cams.
These early successes lead Harvey to go into business in 1953, starting in the corner of his father's machine shop, under the name Crane Engineering Company. The company was founded on the desire to produce a superior performing, quality camshaft with a high level for workmanship and repeatable tolerances.
This was the foundation of Crane Cams' reputation and remains so today. From these humble beginnings, one of the speed industry's iconic companies was born.
During the following years Crane Cams would make great strides, patenting mechanical roller lifter technology and introducing the original Gold Race roller tip, needle bearing, aluminum rocker arms.
In 1965 Crane Cams pioneered the science of using computers for designing camshaft profiles with the eventual introduction of the CompuCam series of lobes. The "dual/split pattern" cam designs were produced in the 1950's, and the "four pattern" camshaft designs in 1966.
In 1994 Crane Cams was first to release the fully digital ignition to the speed industry. Their innovative optical trigger distributor line, which was first introduced in 1997, has gone on to win many national championships, later being upgraded to the industry's only fiber optic trigger signal distributor device, again winning championships.
Crane Cams was also the first to offer a full line of Retrofit Hydraulic Roller lifters and camshafts for early model engines. Today, the company offers a complete line of components for today's modern engines, including LS Series and Ford Modular cams.
After 60 years Crane Cams remains a leader in the industry it helped to found. The manufacturing facility in Daytona Beach, Florida, is still producing the quality cam and valve train products that it is famous for, including the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Crane Cams Ignition product line.
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