KAASE’S BOSS NINE GETS BLOWN!

Written by Moore Good Ink Winder, GA: Seven months ago Jon Kaase introduced his new Boss Nine engine to much acclaim. Constructed with either a cast iron or cast aluminum block it was developed using five intake manifolds. These suit 4150- 4500- and Tunnel Ram-style carburetors, Keith Wilson’s EFI conversion, and Hilborn’s stack injection. But today’s news is of their blower version. Fitted with heavy-duty bearings and special double-lipped Teflon seals for prolonged life, the BDS 871 series three-lobe standard helix blower proudly sits atop the mighty Boss Nine. In its naturally aspirated form it typically produces between 700 and 1000 horsepower on pump gasoline. Add to this the displacement of the BDS Roots-style supercharger (416cu in) and the 40-50 percent additional horsepower its makers claim, and hot rodders can expect much! One wonders if the crafty Kaase has considered a slight detune to maintain its flush of excitement and make it last forever. Though a variety of engine capacities can be specified, from 429 to 600cu in, the most popular displacement has proven to be 520cu in. And so it is with the blower version. By using a 429 passenger car block with a .030in overbore (4.390in) and a 4.300in stroke ensures engine parts are readily available, making this the most cost-effective unit to build. Like its naturally aspirated forerunner, the 520cu in blown engine uses either a forged crankshaft or the Bryant billet creation. The pistons, however, in the blower engine are very different to those of the naturally aspirated. With compression ratios of 8 to 8.5:1 Diamond’s low-compression pistons allow higher blower boost, producing lots of...

COMPOSITE INSTRUMENT PANELS FOR 1990-’92 CAMARO: A New Look from Classic Dash

Written by Moore Good Ink Carson City, NV: Classic Dash has announced a new molded ABS composite dash panel that replaces the original on all Chevrolet Camaro models 1990-’92.  This Classic Dash panel is available in three finishes: carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or black. All panels are offered in two forms: with or without gauge openings, and with or without gauges. Gauge selection includes ten styles of Auto Meter instruments: Ultra-lite; Phantom; Carbon Fiber; Sport Comp; Ultra-lite II; Phantom II; Sport Comp II; Cobalt; C2; and NV. These instrument clusters are supplied complete with wiring harness from gauges to factory loom, 0-160mph speedometer, tachometer, volt meter, fuel, oil, and water gauges as well as LED turn-signal indicators, and high-beam and emergency brake light indicators. In keeping with all the company’s previous offerings, the Camaro panel is clean and stylish. Lightweight and exceedingly rigid ABS plastic sheets are vacuum-formed at 320 degrees Fahrenheit and the material is impregnated with a UV inhibiter that protects it from sun damage. Accuracy is the key. A Thermwood 5-axis CNC high-speed router trims the dash panels to within 0.005in. Classic Dash was formed in 2002. It was the first company to create replacement ABS composite dash panels for vehicles of the muscle car era. Their new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Carson City, Nevada. Its website has a new make-over with easy navigation and access to ordering. Staff members can easily answer any technical questions you may have and same-day shipping is available on orders received before 3PM, PST. Prices for these new Classic Dash instrument panels complete with gauges begin at $879.95....

LUNATI ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRIBUTION OF CLEVITE®: COATED TRIMETAL™ BEARINGS ARREST PARTICLES UP TO HALF-A-THOU

Written by Moore Good Ink Olive Branch, MS: Lunati, a firm with over forty years of crankshaft know-how, has become a leading distributor for Clevite® bearings. When protection for crankshaft journals is the chief concern, Clevite’s TriMetalTM bearings offer a useful advantage. TriMetal bearings provide critical protection that bi-metal bearings do not. They enable foreign particles to become embedded in the soft surface layer of the bearing. This innovation often protects crankshaft journals from harmful foreign particles. Oil contamination is almost always the cause of journal damage: Because the soft overlay on a typical Clevite TriMetal bearing is approximately .0005in thick, larger particles will extend beyond the bearing surface and cause damage to the crankshaft journal. Lunati suggests contamination is usually caused by dirt or abrasives-often honing grit remaining in the block after overhaul-or metallic particles from other failed parts in the engine, including adjacent bearings. Best practice is to replace all engine bearings only after thorough cleaning of the entire engine and inspection of the oil pump. Lunati supplies Clevite’s TriMetal bearings in coated form or uncoated. Developed for high performance and race engines, the coated bearings have a proprietary molybdenum/graphite treatment applied to the bearing surface, but not the bearing parting lines. The molybdenum serves as a high pressure, high load dry film anti-wear agent. The graphite provides additional protection across a wide range of temperatures, especially when oil flow is marginal. These coated TriMetal bearings are identified in the part number suffix by the letter K. For printable catalog fact sheet click here. For further information contact: Lunati 11126 Willow Ridge Drive, Olive Branch, MS 38654...

FORCE 9.5: FASTER ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION WITH RAM’S NEW ENTRY-LEVEL CLUTCH/FLYWHEEL ASSEMBLY FOR ALL GM LS, FORD, & MOST OTHER APPLICATIONS

Written by Moore Good Ink Columbia, SC: Ram Clutches’ new Force 9.5 dual-disc clutch-flywheel assembly transmits up to 800lb ft of torque, transmits it quietly, and suits all GM LS engines-including the 2010 Camaro as well as 4.6 and 5.4L Fords. In fact, this new 9.5in entry-level clutch-flywheel assembly can be installed on any engine for which Ram makes a twin-plate clutch. In addition to doubling the torque capacity, the Force 9.5 is small and light-very light-weighing approximately 35lb compared with the standard LS arrangement, which weighs around 57lb and measures 11.750in. This combination of compact size and light weight results in improved engine response. The effects of faster acceleration and deceleration are immediately apparent. Devised as an economical, entry-level unit, Ram’s Force 9.5 is guaranteed to meet the exact height dimensions of the original factory clutch-flywheel assembly, thus it’s a direct bolt-in fit. Featuring the same basic design as the Force 10.5, announced earlier this year, it requires only light pedal effort, similar to that of a stock LS7 or factory 2010 Camaro. To ensure unfailing holding power and the provision of good drivability without chatter on initial clutch release, Ram furnishes both friction plates with their 300 series organic linings. The Force 9.5 is priced around $950 complete and will be available June 1, 2010. For printable catalog fact sheet click here. For further information contact: RAM Clutches 201 Business Park Blvd., Columbia, SC 29203 Telephone (803) 788-6034 or visit:...