Kaase uncovers extra 1,090rpm for Boss Nine. Euphoric Spintron moment during hydraulic tappet testing

Written by Moore Good Ink Winder, Georgia: Three weeks ago Kaase, aided by a Spintron, embarked upon hydraulic roller tappet testing and unearthed an extra 1,090rpm advantage for his Boss Nine road-going hot rod engines. “I set aside a few days to go Spintron testing in late January,” says Kaase. “I wasn’t expecting too much, but ended up learning more about tuning hydraulic lifters than I had imagined-it was my most rewarding test in a while.” The Boss Nine engine, which was launched about three and a half years ago and has enjoyed widespread success both here in the States and in Australia, has been limited to around 6,300rpm. Now, with a small change of camshaft lobe profile, revised Trend pushrods, and a few associated components it spins with enthusiasm to 7,400rpm.  Son of a Cleveland, Ohio dentist, it is doubtful if Kaase ever fully understood his motivation for developing racing engines. From a dentist’s perspective his chosen career must have seemed absurd-consider the number of tests with negligible results, the hours, days, nights, and weekends of unrewarding toil that race engineers exert before success follows. “Without the Spintron,” concluded Kaase, “maintaining an advantage meant using engine combinations you knew worked and constantly changing parts until you found something that worked better. With the Spintron the process is a lot more scientific and efficient.”     Regarding the progress of Kaase’s small-block Ford initiative, earlier this month deliveries of the P-38 canted-valve kits for Windsor engines began hitting their stride. In common with the Boss Nine program, these latest offerings from Kaase’s Winder, Georgia factory are aimed toward the road-going hot...

New Muscle Car arrives on 2012 drag racing scene:

Written by Moore Good Ink Columbia, SC: The big excitement of the 2012 drag racing season, particularly in the ADRL Extreme Pro Stock and in Pro Nitrous categories, will be the appearance of the 2012 Camaro body style. Pat Norcia, engineering and motor sports director of Ram Clutches, says these new Muscle Cars will bring a breath of fresh air to the contest. Their expectant new owners will test more and learn more and it will spark greater interest with spectators because they can easily associate the Camaro’s dynamic race track presence with that of its road-going counterpart. In racing, Muscle Cars tend to command more attention than those with conventional body styles. Master clutch tuner Norcia says, “The arrival of the new Camaro has already boosted demand in high-performance aftermarket clutches and with its arrival on the racing scene things will snowball. If you consider the Mustang, it took about four years before aftermarket sales ramped up to speed. Therefore, it’s likely that within the next 18-24 months demand for high performance Camaro parts will be similar—and we need to be ready for it.” Ram, one of the best clutch companies born in the past forty years, probably owes its supremacy to its inexhaustible racing interest, both in professional and sportsman classes, and its ability to apply those lessons learned to street, strip, oval, and other high performance applications. They call their clutch development programs ‘top down’ as opposed to ‘bottom up’. ADRL racing kicks off on March 30/31 in Houston, Texas. RAM Clutches 201 Business Park Blvd. Columbia, SC 29203 Telephone (803) 788-6034 E-mail info@ramclutches.com Visit...

Classic Dash purchases Thunder Road and extends its interests in the aftermarket instrument panel business

Written by Moore Good Ink Carson City NV: The Classic Dash company, the original maker of molded ABS composite dash panels has acquired Thunder Road, the instrument panel maker that emerged about three years ago. Now called Classic Thunder Road, the Nevada-based firm offers hundreds of dash models for Chevrolets, Fords, Pontiacs, and Chryslers. Two websites presently exist; however, both Classic Dash and Thunder Road brands will shortly merge in one website: Classic Thunder Road. Classic Thunder Road 5225 Grumman Drive, Suite 100 Carson City, NV 89706 Telephone (866) 882-3525 E-mail Greg Wambold at greg@classicdash.com Visit the Classic Dash and Classic Thunder Road websites: www.classicdash.com and...

MME to launch brand new 460+ cu in Cleveland block: aluminum and cast iron expected May 2012

Written by Moore Good Ink Waldorf, MD: With tooling and foundry work now in progress, MME (McKeown Motorsport Engineering) will soon be reproducing the World’s first aftermarket Cleveland engine blocks. Named Titus, deliveries are expected in May 2012 and the first specimens will be available in aluminum and then in cast iron. Now accepting advance orders, these newly designed blocks with deck heights of 9.2in and 9.5in to accommodate 460+cu in. feature stronger webbing, splayed mains and a host of other improvements. MME, a consistent top finisher in the annual Engine Master’s Challenge will contest this year’s title, entering two new Titus engines in the competition. Company head Mark McKeown has an accomplished record as a high-performance Ford engine builder for almost 30 years. McKeown Motorsport Engineering, Inc. 10F Irongate Drive Waldorf, Maryland 20602 Telephone (301) 932-9292 Visit...

625 Street Demon Carburetor Makes Debut

By Titus Bloom: Bowling Green KY – The introduction of an all-new carburetor, especially in this millennium, has become increasingly rare. But Demon Carburetion has done just that. Named the 625 Street Demon, it is engineered for hot rods with stock to mildly modified engines. In appearance, its cast aluminum construction exhibits smooth and flowing contours and in operation it accommodates either square- or spread-bore-pattern intake manifolds without adapters. It’s an easy replacement for any street four-barrel. Developed from clean-sheet beginnings, the Street Demon features two potent 1-3/8in primary throttle bores, which contain triple-stack boost venturii. Two of the boosters are suspended across the bores in the conventional way; the third is neatly integrated into the throttle bore walls. Their purpose is calculated to produce superior fuel emulsification, to present crisp throttle response and drivability, and to provide pleasing fuel economy. At the top of secondary bores a torsion spring-controlled air valve resides. Its function is to ensure seamless primary-to-secondary throttle response, regardless of the throttle opening rate. Its two distinctive, sloping contours are engineered for efficient cylinder-to-cylinder fuel distribution. Torsion spring adjustment of the valve is controlled by a screw on the end of its shaft axis. At the bottom of the secondary bores a goggle valve (GVS™) resides. This innovative device delivers over twice the air flow of the primary bores, with an effect that can be both felt and heard. The Street Demon’s fuel bowl, which is integrated with the main body, is available in either aluminum or an exclusive automotive-spec polymer. The polymer bowl demonstrates impressive hot-weather drivability and faster hot restarts by reducing heat...