The New Wildcat HD Cast Iron block from Kenny Betts Racing

Discussion in 'Our Products' started by ken betts, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Great news nice work!
     
  2. JESUPERCAT

    JESUPERCAT No Slow Boat

    Just look for our trailer with the dragster under the awning. If we have new parts out, that is where they will be. As we get closer I will put up a picture of the trailer and our location at BG
     
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  3. ken betts

    ken betts Well-Known Member

    The foundry is now working on our Wildcat block. We should have castings in 2-3 weeks if all goes well!
     
  4. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

  5. I'm potentially interested in an iron block. This business of trying to find a usable factory block is tiring.
     
  6. vanilla bean

    vanilla bean Well-Known Member

    Oh goodie so then I can twist my frame, with worrying about blowing a hole through my oil pan. I've always wanted to bend a frame
     
  7. TheEternalDance

    TheEternalDance Well-Known Member

    Where are you guys? Would love to stop by and check out the new block if it’s out!
     
  8. JESUPERCAT

    JESUPERCAT No Slow Boat

    Trailer is at the house in Maine. Had too many shipping and parts issues to get the car running. Left Maine yesterday afternoon and just about to Nashville now to get my new fuel system. We will be in BG later today for the W.O.T meeting. PM me a contact number and I'll contact you tomorrow if we don't see you tonight
     
  9. TheEternalDance

    TheEternalDance Well-Known Member

    Bummer, but understand completely. Drive safe and we’ll be in touch!
     
  10. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 474 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    Any updates ?
     
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  11. ken betts

    ken betts Well-Known Member

    Pattern work is no problem. Foundries are quoting next year. If anyone knows of foundries that will do 25 or less blocks both iron or aluminum at a time after a few prototypes let me know. Including new start up foundries!
     
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  12. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    How about the foundry the did the Oldsmobile rocket block. Looks like a very quality piece
     
  13. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

    Do you know what foundry that is?
     
  14. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    I’m sure if Ken would reach out to them they would let him know
     
  15. ken betts

    ken betts Well-Known Member

    They have been very evasive. When we get the Buick block maybe we will do an olds! lol
     
  16. Bluzilla

    Bluzilla a.k.a. "THE DOCTOR"

    You may want to call and talk to John Stolpa, who is the owner of Rocket Racing and Performance in Big Bend Wisconsin. I have dealt with him and have seen his New Oldsmobile block in person. The display block I saw was in a glass case in the front window and looks fabulous. John and I had talked a while back about having his crankshaft supplier make Buick crankshafts for us but that never came to fruition.
    Of course I can't say whether he would share any foundry information but it may be worth a try.

    Larry

    https://rocketracingperformance.com/rrp-olds-block

    https://rocketracingperformance.com/contact-us
     
  17. Tom Righter

    Tom Righter Well-Known Member

    I referenced the Oldsmobile rocket block a few pages back on this thread. Ken alluded to the fact that I guess he reached out to them and they were being evasive. I’m sure Ken knows who cast the block. Anyone who’s been following this can see there’s just a lot of BS going on. If KBR was serious about doing this it would’ve been done. We’ve heard just about every excuse. All you have to do is go back to the beginning and read about everything that was going to happen. Not trying to start anything just call it as I see it. It doesn’t do our Buick community any good to have somebody come out and talk about all the the New innovative products that are coming out and not deliver. I know KBR came out with a 90 lb crankshaft. How are they selling?
     
  18. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 474 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    Today will be an announcement that Half of new car sales in the US Will have to be zero emissions. The Buick V8 and V6 are running out of time.
     
  19. JESUPERCAT

    JESUPERCAT No Slow Boat

    Tom have you ever tried to get a project like this going? How much time and money did you spend knowing you weren't going to get it back?
    Ken has put a great deal of time, a crazy amount of money, and more of himself into this than one could imagine.
    Ken is pretty good at handling disappointments as they keep coming and he keeps pushing forward through them.
    The foundry issue is hard as to be taken seriously, as in earn a spot in line you are committing to a minimum order of 25 blocks. He will be doing that when one of these Foundries isn't trying to overprice his product. Ken is trying to put these products out to the Buick crowd at a price they can afford. Not 5 of the high dollar guys but to the average Buick guy that wants to go faster safely and affordably as possible.
    Ken is also not the only person working on these projects with KBR in our Buick community.
    Encouragement goes a long way towards these projects moving forward.
     
  20. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member


    This is a good question, I've called 3 times in the past couple of weeks to get no one answering, no return call after leaving message. This to me comes across like you don't want to sell one.

    I can't imagine how hard or expensive it is to bring this to life.......but the crank is something the website is saying they are here. Guess its time to.look elsewhere
     

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