Being a “Ford guy” I have been amazed and thoroughly enjoyed the three straight wins by a Ford based engine in the Vintage class.Walter R. Malik wrote: ↑Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:39 pmTime for that 371 Olds, Jon.JonKaase wrote: ↑Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:23 amI talked to Dulsich, The rules have a few misprints, mostly in Muscle Car. Steel roller cams OK. Smaller than 11/32 valve stems ok. All run at 3500-7000, both big block and small. Gen 3 Hemi and LS need one distributor and one coil. They just pasted the changes and missed the other stuff. Vintage is back to aftermarket heads, aluminum ok. Kaase
To make it even better these wins were achieved by engines that most of the hot rod world considers to be boat anchors. This is very much the same phenomenon as the wins the 400M based engines achieved.
With a few exceptions Ford engines get little respect, especially the Y-blocks and MELs.
Mr. Kaase there are a ton of like minded guys out here pulling for you as you destroy the misinformation about Ford stuff and show us the potential they have.
I particularly like these engine competitions because it eliminates the track, the chassis and the driveline excuses. This really shows what is available at the flywheel. You sir along with a few other brilliant guys have done more to put Ford engines in the proper light than anything else I can think of in a long long time.
One of the things that particularly sticks in my craw is how the Gm and Chrysler engines of the 1950’s pretty much owned hot rodding and found their way into far too many Ford engine bays.
Ford got caught behind with Henry’s decline and eventual death. Then in disarray after WWII they bet the farm on restructuring and new Fords, Mercury and Lincolns for 1949. They did not have enough resources to simultaneously introduce their own OHV V8’s. That had to wait till 1952 for Lincoln.
In a large way Ford vehicles got bastardized by the hot rodders with Olds Caddy and Chevs as a result of going “all in” to help us win WWII. That’s the thanks you get sometimes.
As I said it has been great to see you and Ted Eaton get a little vindication for those injustices.
Mr. Kaase I am one Ford guy that is hoping you choose another Ford engine for your Vintage class entry, but I totally understand the potential of the Olds with an aluminum head.