Derek Scott forms Mid-South Performance

By Fergus Ogilvy Atoka, TN: Derek Scott has formed a racing parts supply house in Atoka, 30 miles northeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Serving engine builders chiefly, Scott is highly regarded having served the past dozen years or more at Comp Cams. He developed an early passion for the advancement of race engine components, and at various stages of his career has been crucially involved in most disciplines from NASCAR to the short–track ovals and from drag racing to truck and tractor pulling. Already established with Comp, Trend Performance, Diamond Pistons, Total Seal, Ram Clutches, KRC Power Steering, Wilson Manifolds and others, Derek Scott can be reached:   Mid-South Performance 245 Commercial Dr. Suite C Atoka, TN 38004 (901) 647-1377 dscott@midsouthperformance.com...

Kaase’s P-38 small-block Ford heads graduate to shaft-mounted rockers

Broad-base rocker management for high-speed stamina and stability Winder, GA: Kaase’s P-38 small-block Ford Windsor cylinder heads have graduated to shaft-mounted rockers—a move inspired by oval track, road race and track-day demands seeking high-speed valve train stamina and stability. The new kits comprise aluminum rockers, each with a nose roller, a hardened pivot shaft operating with a 0.750in wide needle bearing, and an H13 tool steel adjuster. Each adjuster is furnished with an ARP hardened washer and a 12-point Grade 8 nut. The rocker system operates from the pedestals of a long steel stand stretching the length of the cylinder head. Heavy duty Torx-head bolts are used to fasten the rockers to the pedestals and the stands to the cylinder heads. When Kaase announced he had canted the valves of his small-block Ford P-38 heads (8 x 4.5 degrees and 10 x 4 degrees inlet and exhaust respectively), you wondered about the proximity of the original stud-mounted rockers. By angling the valves away from the cylinder walls for better cylinder filling, their tips congregated closely. In fact, they were so close only Crane offered an aftermarket stud-mounted rocker that could accommodate them without fettling. The notion of developing a shaft-mounted competition rocker to succeed the stud-mounted system seemed a stretch too far. But when oval track racers, road racers, and a growing track-day community discovered the merits of the P-38 heads, they requested a full racing valve train. Apparently, only a shaft-mounted rocker system could demonstrate the stability and stamina they prescribed, particularly during periods of sustained high engine speeds. During this spirit of innovation, Kaase adopted a slightly...

Rattletrap Productions, Inc.

Rattletrap Productions, Inc. is a full service video production company pedigreed by Stacey David’s proven experience in television and video programming for the automotive enthusiast. Rattletrap has demonstrated expertise in the automotive and aftermarket industries with the production of the long running Stacey David’s ® television Series. Through its state of the art studio facilities and editing suites, Rattletrap provides sponsorship opportunities not only on the GearZ tv show and its websites, but also in commercial production, event coverage, product demonstrations, company documentaries and other custom tailored projects. www.rattletrapproductions.com Now entering its 8th season on network television, Stacey David’s GearZ® is a high-octane automotive program that covers all things mechanical and is designed to appeal to the gearhead in everybody. The show includes vehicle make-overs and transformations, builds of trend-setting custom vehicles, and even simple tips and tricks to help the viewer squeeze a little more power and performance out of a daily driver. The camera captures all the glorious details and excitement as vehicles are built, then put through the paces on road, off road, in the water or in the sky....

Obituary: Dale Eicke has left us

By Victor Moore Photo by Moore Good Ink   Dale Eicke, who died on Friday, August 2, from a stroke and heart attack, will be remembered with endearing fondness by almost all who knew him. Eicke, a pioneer in NHRA Pro Stock engine development, was immensely innovative in racing induction systems and a skilled and an imaginative engine builder. Longtime colleague Gary Stropko once said, “Of all the people I’ve worked with in the Pro Stock race engine business, he was more of an outside-the-box-thinker than anyone I knew—including Bill Jenkins. He always seemed to have another way to examine the problem.” During his career Dale worked with several of the country’s leading Pro Stock racing teams but was best known for his outstanding work with Pontiac. Stropko remarked, “He was responsible for pioneering the first successful cylinder head in GM’s DRCE (Drag Race Competition Engine) big-block program—a design that remained competitive for probably ten years.” A tall man who literally towered above most of us, Eicke exuded a charm and modesty that belied a fervent engineering...
Kaase’s P-38 cylinder heads: Greatest Windsor news since 1962

Kaase’s P-38 cylinder heads: Greatest Windsor news since 1962

By Sam Logan:   The Chevy faithful like to tell us that their small-block engine is cheaper and easier to build than the Ford counterpart—but it’s a myth. First, the cost of aftermarket high-performance and competition parts is similar whether they are Ford or Chevrolet. And with regard to the simpler engine build, the small-block Ford is probably the all-time easiest engine to build. In street form, the head bolts—of which there are only 10—don’t penetrate the water jackets, unlike the SBC, thus their threads don’t need sealer applied. In addition the Ford engines don’t have mirror-image pistons and ports, so they don’t have a right and a left piston—all the pistons are the same. Further, the Ford distributor is clamped directly to the block, unlike the SBC distributor which is located by the intake manifold. Therefore the height of the SBC distributor can alter if the heads or the intake manifold has been milled. Washers are often used to correctly position the Chevrolet’s distributor, allowing its gear to mesh correctly with the camshaft. On the Ford you can remove the intake manifold without touching the distributor. Moreover the Ford distributor is located at the front of the engine, thus more accessible for setting the timing compared with the rear mounted Chevy unit. Lastly, the SBC uses a cam thrust plate—a little bearing that pushes against the timing cover—that prevents the cam moving fore and aft when using roller tappets. When Kaase first conceived the P-38 cylinder heads for Ford’s small-block Windsor engines, they were created with high performance in mind. They were also obliged to be user-friendly. Porting to...
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