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Val, because of the increased maintenance involved with a solid lifter cam, not to mention the clattery racket up front, I'd recommend sticking with a hydraulic cam. You have to periodically check and adjust the valve lash with any solid lifter setup, which is kind of a pain.
Additionally, while a big lumpy cam may sound fun, the valve overlap which creates that sound will also mean significantly reduced mileage, and mediocre throttle response on the street. To help get back some of your low and mid RPM response, you'd need to change your rear gears, hurting your highway use. All of these changes would ensure that your car's probably going to be in single digits for gas mileage, and make it a lot less fun to drive in traffic.
If you want it to sound meaner, instead of messing with your cam, why not consider installing a good Magnaflow dual exhaust? An RV cam might be a great choice too. Going with a mild cam will ensure much better driveability, and your car would do great for the use you're describing.
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