Kaase P-38; the better Windsor performance head

Kaase P-38; the better Windsor performance head

Engine philosopher Jon Kaase (Jon Kaase Racing Engines, Winder, Georgia) had an idea, an idea that nagged. For too many years, he’d watched the ubiquitous 302 amass part upon improved part, but observed nary a deviation from the original cylinder head configuration. He thought he could produce cylinder head castings that looked like ordinary Windsor 302/351 parts on the outside but inside would be entirely different from the original blueprint. Being a racer, he knew the value of stealth. But more importantly, being an engine builder he knew the prime advantages of canting the valves to open towards the center of the cylinders and so mitigate the natural shrouding effect of the cylinder wall. Click here to read the article as published in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Maximum Drive...
Real Racing Head Gaskets

Real Racing Head Gaskets

Current engine design is being transformed by the arrival of GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection). GDI requires high-pressure injectors to inject gasoline directly into the cylinder rather than the intake port. In so doing they improve fuel atomization, promote cleaner burn, boost fuel efficiency, and more importantly for the racing brain, improve performance. Twenty-four years ago a similar transformation took place in head gasket design when the term MLS entered our speech. The revolutionary multi-layer steel gaskets featured… View the full article as it appeared in Australia’s Street Fords magazine – click...
Ford approves two new brake bleeders from Phoenix Systems

Ford approves two new brake bleeders from Phoenix Systems

Most of us marvel at their drive when a specialist manufacturer succeeds with one of the large auto producers. Getting an industry icon to engage in a proposition involving a new brand is unfamiliar territory to most—let alone joining forces. But that’s exactly what Phoenix Systems has accomplished with their new Ford Reverse Brake Bleeder. Not only is this innovative, new device, its kit of parts and its packaging cool-looking but also, to the best of the manufacturer’s knowledge, it performs a variety of tasks not available elsewhere.   » One-person operation » Bleeds brake and clutch systems in fewer than 10mins » Removes trapped air from newly installed brake lines and parts » Portable, lightweight and complete St. George, UT: Phoenix Systems is introducing two newly Ford-approved reverse brake and clutch bleeders. Both offer one-person operation and bleed all brake and clutch systems in approximately ten minutes, including ABS, which is accomplished without a scan tool. Bleeding means removing trapped air and reverse bleeding means attaching the bleeder to a brake caliper bleed screw and simply pushing the air—and the old fluid—in reverse flow up through the brake lines and out through the master cylinder. The bleeder pump draws in fresh fluid each time the handle is released. The larger of these two patented bleeders, the Heavy Duty Pro (PN 2002HD-Ford) is made of metal, carries a two-year warranty, and is endowed with 20ml increased capacity for faster, more efficient bleeding. The Medium Duty brake bleeder (PN 2003-Ford) provides all the bleeding capabilities of the heavy-duty version but at a lower cost. This bleeder is constructed from high-strength...
Hot Rods at 48th Moonshine Festival

Hot Rods at 48th Moonshine Festival

By Martha Maglone: October in Dawsonville, Georgia is the time to celebrate ‘Shine and its essential requirement: the Hot Rod. In the southern foothills of the Appalachians, October is also the time when foliage turns color. No wonder its burnished red and gold hues coupled to a few warm days in autumn can attract up to 100,000 visitors to the storied town, which is located about 50 miles north of Atlanta. But plying moonshine was a hazardous trade not only in its production but also in its conveyance, usually down Highway 9 to the Atlanta suburbs. For a great many families, however, it was the only life they knew, and they often lived with the consequences when dad was apprehended and incarcerated. Youngsters knew not to discuss their illicit trade for a loose tongue, and occasionally a malicious one, caused trouble. “Everyone knew who was making liquor,” said Dolores, daughter of bootlegger Bug Mincey, “that’s the way we grew up. But we kept our mouths shut and always knew what to say when necessary.” To accommodate its distribution, ample trunk space and a fast engine were the chief requirements of the moonshine-carrying Hot rod of the day. Here is a selection for the discerning eye, some from the period others more modern.      ...
Custom Pistons

Custom Pistons

Any experienced racing man knows that the components of a successful race car should be compatible—all working in concert. But this formula is never more critical than with engine builders. Professional race engine builders are profoundly aware of how engine parts affect one another and have to be developed as an efficient group. For them, the key to successful race engine building lies in maximizing a power plant’s performance by creating a combination of components that complement each other. In most cases, developing complimentary components requires modifying readily available parts or creating custom ones. Off-the-shelf engine components are often acceptable to builders seeking modest performance gains, but they are hopelessly inadequate when summoned to generate significant power. Click here to read the full article as published in Australia’s Street Ford...