Kaase and Ford Number 1 in Engine Masters' Challenge!
63Ford has gotten the point. If I wanted a car like every one else, then why not just keep it stock? A few years back, there was this guy in town that built a "clone" of my car. Same paint, wheels, tires...I was PO'ed...he had every right to do it,.... but my lord, show a little imagination! How does it serve the hobby if everyone just follows the leader? Trying some different, even if it is just a little difference...is what keeps the hobby alive.
Same as with racing, port your heads a little different than the other guy, maybe you get a few more horsepower, after awhile everyone else catches up...then the next guy makes a discovery that puts him out in the lead. Staying the same is static and ultimately doesn't help anybody.
As kids we used to joke about SBC,...if you wanted to build 300 horse engine, you just took your wallet down to the local "speed shop", tell them how much you had, what horsepower you wanted - they would hand you a sheet with the parts and cost listed. For ford guys, it was kinda like making magic...you had to know someone, they would give you the secret part numbers and/or model car to look for in the junk yard to find the core parts, then you had to modify them.....to build a good running Ford, you had to know your stuff. Yes, I agree, it much better. You don't need to pay 3x markup for old busted parts (except for FE's) to build a good Ford engine. But you still need to find a decent machine shop that know what is needed to make it last in a high stress, high HP car. That's the part that I guess that gets me. Some guys want to go straight to a blower, or "N02" and keep the stock block, pistons, etc. then complain that those "d**n" Ford don't run as good as everyone says!