New lightweight, aluminum oil pumps for 429-460 big-block Fords

By Archie Bosman   Intelligent compromise has been central to Kaase’s success in aftermarket engine sales. For example, raising induction ports in his street-style cylinder head designs would unmistakably increase power output: “But we’d sell half as many engines and components because they are no longer universally affordable—they’d require custom intakes and exhausts.” His memories as a 22-year-old, burning the midnight oil while attempting to compete in Pro Stock and with no money, remain vivid. Here is Kaase’s latest news for the battalions of big-block Ford enthusiasts: a new, aluminum, direct bolt-in oil pump.   Redesigned to eradicate fractures at mounting base Improved idle and high rpm oil pressure Winder, GA: One of the main problems that beset tuners of big-block Ford engines is oil pump failure. The casting develops a fracture at the section change around its mountings, which rapidly propagates like a sound wave and the oil pump falls into the oil pan without warning. It is a sobering, unwelcome drama that’s best avoided. Though the stock oil pump behaves reliably within its stock environment, for engines that are tuned or modified, oil pump failure is almost inevitable. To survive this hazard Jon Kaase Racing Engines introduced a robust, upgraded, cast iron oil pump in April 2009. Now the firm has released details of a new, vastly lighter aluminum version to supersede their earlier iron units. Available for front sump or rear sump applications these new Kaase pumps retain their sturdy, long section mountings and use the same impeller mechanism employed on their championship-winning Kaase 820 CID Pro Stock engines. Equipped with dual oil feeds to the...

Stacey David’s Gearz moves to MAVTV: New series starts October 2013

By Fergus Ogilvy Rattletrap Productions, Inc. has announced Stacey David’s GearZ® will begin airing on MAVTV starting October 2013. More appealing still is word that an all-new season of GearZ is scheduled to premiere in early spring 2014. Episodes will air on Fridays, including Prime Time, and on Sundays. Why the change? “In searching for a new network,” concedes Stacey David, “We were astonished at the Jersey Shore/Honey Boo Boo mentality adopted by the major networks. Many actually told us they were more interested in promoting shows that emphasized stupidity and buffoonery, as opposed to quality, intelligent programming. That’s why we’re excited to be moving GEARZ to MAVTV.  “Fortunately,” David continued, “MAV understands the gearhead mentality and embraces the lifestyle. Better still, they have a plan to build a network that enlightened Americans want to see. With the explosive growth of MAVTV, it won’t be long before they become the destination for automotive programming. We look forward to being in the middle of that.” New Gearz website accessible by all electronic devices To complement the new network, Stacey David is also unveiling a newly designed website that can be viewed by electronic devices of any size: smart phones, tablets, or laptops. The website (staceydavid.com or gearztv.com) will continue to include information about Stacey, his projects, new product innovations, and the TV show. In addition, plans are afoot to roll their current whatareyouworkinon.com into a more user-friendly, cutting-edge social platform re-titled GearZNation©. Registered GearZNation members will need only an internet connection to watch new (and archived), full length episodes of GearZ. Moreover, GearZNation will offer exclusive feature videos, opportunities to...