Ram announces new clutch sets for V6 Mustangs 2011 to ’13

Written by Moore Good Ink Next year, in 2014, Formula One will replace their long-established V8s with smaller turbocharged V6 engines. Attracted by efficiencies in fuel consumption without loss in lap speeds the new regulations will contain costs by reducing the engines’ moving parts by 15 percent while producing a 30 percent gain in efficiency over existing V8 standards. Today, Ram Clutches reveal their own V6 news with details of their latest clutch and flywheel offerings for Ford’s impressive 3.7-liter 6-speed Mustangs from 2011 to ’13. Weighing 150lbs lighter than their V8 counterparts and with nimbleness not seen in other Mustangs, Ram is hoping this news might be of importance. Facilitates torque increases up to 450ft-lbs and beyond to 1200ft-lbs Columbia SC: Original equipment 3.7 literV6 Mustangs from 2011 to ’13 generate over 300hp and 280ft-lbs of torque. To facilitate further torque increases of up to 450ft-lbs and beyond to 1200ft-lbs, Ram has announced seven new clutch sets each with progressively increased clamping loads. Three are single-disc set ups; the remaining four are of the dual-disc type. All are engineered as direct fitments, each operates in conjunction with a new, billet Ram flywheel, and none require modifications to the factory release mechanism.   Torque increases of up to 450, 550, and 650ft-lbs are accommodated by Ram’s 10.5in single-disc clutch sets: HDX, Powergrip and Powergrip HD respectively. The flywheels provided are available in either billet steel or aluminum. By replacing the heavy factory dual-mass flywheel with a Ram billet unit, substantial weight savings are reflected: steel 10lbs; aluminum 22lbs. To facilitate greater torque increases Ram employs the Force 9.5 (700ft-lbs)...

New dash panels: 1968-‘70 Dodge Charger, Coronet, Plymouth GTX, & Road Runner

Written by Moore Good Ink What makes classic instruments and panels appealing? Actually…it’s price Even the most committed enthusiasts feel some resistance to the purchase of original equipment gauges that could cost as much as $1,500. The expense is particularly hard to justify when superior replacement gauges with many more features, like those of Autometer, are available at half the cost. The only complication is they are slightly different in size and therefore require the original dashboard to be modified. This was the scenario that had persuaded Classic Dash to enter the instrument panel business in 2002. Their first panel, which graced the 1967 Camaro, not only accepted the Autometer gauges but also replaced the entire original panel and gauges for less than half the cost. Furthermore, it was the first aftermarket ABS composite dash panel. It changed forever the landscape of replacement instrument panels and gauges for muscle cars and interesting pick-up trucks of the last century. 3-piece ABS composite panels in three finishes with or without gauges Carson City, NV: Classic Thunder Road has developed a new three-piece door-to-door instrument panel for 1968-’70 Dodge Charger and Coronet and Plymouth GTX as well as the 1970 Road Runner. Developed as direct replacements for the original dashes, Classic Thunder Road offers them in three finishes: matte black, brushed aluminum or carbon fiber. Further, they are manufactured from high quality ABS composite and available with or without gauges and wiring harness. However, the new panels accept Autometer 3-3/8in diameter speedometer and tachometer dials and 2-1/16in water temperature, oil pressure, fuel level and volt meter gauges. The most popular Autometer gauges...
Lamar Walden’s uncommon 409 hot rod engine:

Lamar Walden’s uncommon 409 hot rod engine:

Written by Moore Good Ink If you’ve been unable to lay to rest the memory of Chevrolet’s engaging 409 engine, here is news of some importance. For over forty years Lamar Walden’s unwavering experience has taught him what not to do when stroking the 409, what should be done to keep its cylinder liners immovable in a modern alloy block, and what can be done to enhance its performance. Now available in 409 or 509 displacements here is the latest information about this intriguing yet little-known engine. Adopting 4.5in bores improves air flow by 30 percent. Doraville GA: Weighing almost 100lbs lighter than Chevrolet’s original classic, Lamar Walden Automotive’s LWA 409 engine is unique . Available chiefly in two displacements, 409 or 509, these uncommon engines have particular appeal for Street Rod owners. But their popularity could easily spread to broader circles, including anyone who comes under the spell of owning a rare American hotrod milestone from the early 1960s. Encouragingly the LWA 409 retains the engine’s three most distinctive features: its unique W-shaped valve covers, its wide embracing water pump and its block deck machined at 64 degrees to the center line, unlike the 90 degree convention of most engines. Of particular interest is news that the LWA block accommodates a 4.5in bore, increased from the original 4.3125in. By increasing the bore diameter the valves operate further away from the cylinder walls, allowing the engine to breathe better and to rev faster than its venerable predecessor. Air flow around the original valves, both intake and exhaust, was particularly poor because they operate at compound angles and open extremely close...

Kaase expands P-51 head sales to include complete engines

Written by Moore Good Ink Kaase’s Boss Nine may be the aristocrat of big-block Ford circles, but it is his P-51 that is the outstanding star. You may have thought Kaase’s ambitions for his P-51 aftermarket cylinder heads were a bold maneuver, but they weren’t. In the early nineteen-nineties Jon Kaase helped Ford Motorsports with the port design of their original aftermarket Cobra Jet aluminum cylinder heads. Approximately ten years later it was he who designed their replacement: the innovative Super Cobra Jet. Then, following the shock of finding a clause within his 15-page contract, the Detroit conglomerate precluded him from supplying the heads he so carefully nurtured. In response, Kaase, an agreeable, kindly man applied his considerable talents to his own new big-block Ford head: the P-51. It was a compelling proposition and one he addressed with much anticipation, for he had the advantage of knowing what had preceded it. P-51 succeeds with attention to valve angles, port and valve bowl shapes, and short-turn widths. Winder GA: Jon Kaase Racing Engines, four-time winner of the Engine Masters Challenge, has expanded its P-51 cylinder head sales for big-block Fords to include the assembly of complete P-51 engines. For five years Kaase has been supplying their wondrously effective P-51 cylinder heads to engine builders, both professional and amateur. Predictably, the heads have been the most persuasive advocates for extending the line to encompass complete custom engine builds. They are now available from 520 to 600cu in. “You might be able to replicate the P-51’s short turn on a Super Cobra Jet head,” says Kaase, “but there’s a chance you’ll hit water.”...
First belt system for LS engines with Magnuson or Edelbrock superchargers

First belt system for LS engines with Magnuson or Edelbrock superchargers

Written by Moore Good Ink If you ask hot rodders of their greatest disappointment with aftermarket serpentine belt systems you will often find it lies not with the system’s appearance but with its fitting. Its beauty is often obscured by the fact it doesn’t fit very well. Belt system manufacturer Concept One maintains that it is quality that has sustained their business through this economic downturn. A beguiling appearance is crucial but a system’s real potency lies in its ease of fitment.     First 8-rib forced induction system of its type.  A/C compressor moved for easy installation in early chassis. Cumming GA: Concept One has released a new serpentine single-belt system for LS engines with Magnuson or Edelbrock superchargers. Utilizing a high traction 8-rib pulley/belt arrangement, they believe it to be the first aftermarket design of its type. The chief impediment when installing an LS engine in an early chassis is the location of the A/C compressor, which is located lower right. In its original position it often interferes with chassis parts, not least the cross-member. Concept One has overcome these imminent troubles by relocating the compressor on the upper right. Created to function with all Gen III & Gen IV LS engines with Magnuson or Edelbrock superchargers, this kit provides a compact, polished Sanden® SD-7 compressor as well as a new Delphi® aluminum power steering pump. As standard equipment the pump is provided with Concept One’s exclusive billet Mini Reservoir. Also included are a cast aluminum water pump and a 105-amp polished Powermaster® one-wire alternator. Other key components include a heavy-duty tensioner and Goodyear Gatorback® belt together...