First Test- KBR Super Wildcat Billet heads

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by Jim Weise, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise EFI/DIS 482

    Yup..
    JW
     
  2. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise EFI/DIS 482

    Tom,
    Those cams may be available later this year, last I heard. Nothing in the near future.

    JW
     
  3. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Wow! I reached out to Mike at T/A, haven’t heard back yet but if we can’t get something like cam cores that’s not good!
     
  4. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    tough to build a motor with so many parts shortages that's for sure
     
  5. Todd69GS

    Todd69GS Silver Level contributor

    Can't get parts to build it the first time....then what happens when we break something once its together? And we all know stuff will break.
     
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  6. Todd69GS

    Todd69GS Silver Level contributor

    Don't even ask me how long we've been waiting for a Moldex crank. Very frustrating for sure.
     
  7. Julian

    Julian Well-Known Member

    How long? I have to ask...
     
  8. Daves 71 GS

    Daves 71 GS Well-Known Member

    Curious,How long for the Moldex Crank?And why not a Crower Crank?They seem a little easier to get.
     
  9. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Yeah I don’t know how many of you guys watch engine power.it was on this past weekend, anyway John Kasse he was highlighted showing off his big block ford stuff,there’s a guy that really has his **** together! And turns out new parts all the time,makes me so envious I wish I could just put a big block ford in my car actually thought about it.out of the box parts making killer power. I’ve come to the realization that if you’re going to run a Buick the best way is with stock parts with a hot camshaft some head work run into the high to mid tens and enjoy your car!if you want to go faster than that switch brands. It’s just a joke anymore to try and get parts!
     
  10. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise EFI/DIS 482

    Small market with just one main vendor.. always been this way.. when you step to that next level or higher. If we had the market share that Kaase enjoys with the big Fords, or that multiple vendors have with the Mopars and Chevs, things would be different. I look at it as part of the challenge. I had Crane make me Tool Steel Billet 54 MM cam cores, took 18 months. Cost... well if you have to ask...

    JW
     
  11. offbrand Racing

    offbrand Racing Platinum Level Contributor

    I think Tom has hit the nail on the head!! My Tomahawk project has been on going since I sold my last supercharged engine. Very sad as I am getting older and my desire to do this is coming to an end.

    Jim
     
  12. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Just spoke with T/a no cam Cores in stock can’t tell me when they’ll be in,so now what?
     
  13. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Yes sorry to vent here guys I’m sure I’m not the only one but here I sit with a garage full of parts I can’t even put my motor together. Really what’s the sense of the aluminum block we don’t have a cylinder head that will even come close to using it to its potential . I know their coming just like the 350 head. I’m done! anyone needs an aluminum block or Crower crankshaft or some really nice connecting rods give me a call
     
  14. Julian

    Julian Well-Known Member

    I would call around see what the prices are.
     
  15. Julian

    Julian Well-Known Member

    I know that work there were 25 v8 blocks sold.. as well as about the same number of v6 blocks sold...and.. 35 sets of stage 2 heads sold..

    The sale helped!

    Hang in there Tom! I am looking at a two-year window for my engine
     
  16. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Jim, just my opinion not that that’s worth anything but maybe the market would grow if we didn’t have these kinds of issues where you can’t get camshafts,We’re all grateful for the T/a block but it does us no good if we don’t have the parts that go with it. That big block head should’ve been out a long time ago! certainly before the 350 head And what was that 16 years in the making. Like I said I’m done I’ll build my factory block put edelbrock heads on it go out and run tens and have fun!
     
  17. Fox's Den

    Fox's Den 27 years of racing the same 355 Buick motor

    I know exactly what you guys mean about waiting for parts. I waited and thought a long time ago the 350 heads would come out and I could buy them. Now I am at the point and AGE where I am starting to lose some interest in this 350 Buick and I just want to go racing and be able to get the parts I want and put them on. Sometimes I wish I had a Chevy or Ford since the parts are just available for whatever horsepower you want to be at. Waiting and hearing the 350 heads are coming out is starting to get old.
     
  18. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Yeah now 350 head flows what 300 CFM you think you’re going to compete with a hot small block Chevy they have heads the outflow our big blockhead. But I know where I can buy a dipstick tube or a timing tab I just can’t get a camshaft for a $6000 block
     
  19. Julian

    Julian Well-Known Member

    I guess you must be talking about cast iron big buick block heads to small block Chevrolet heads right? Because of 300 cfm remark.

    for what it's worth I believe Gary said flowed low 410s and makes close to 1200 horsepower. There are other big block 1000 horsepower builds with low air flow numbers which aren't even reaching 400.

    remove the max wedge from the 440 and the 440 is in the same situation we are. They don't have an honest-to-god 400+-500+ head.

    It's all about production cycles
     
  20. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    Yes I was talking about the iron big blockhead I have track eliminator stage 2 heads that flow 400 CFM also
     
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