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Update: Edelbrock E85 Buick Engine goes 10.35 @ 129.22

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Congrats to Brian Sobczyk and his 72 Buick GS. On Saturady 10/30 at Milan dragway, he went 10.35 @ 129.22 MPH.

A full buildup on the car is here       The engine build up is here.

The car is street driven regularly in the Detroit area and weighs 3965lbs.


Doug and Nancy Cook’s Ten second ’69 Buick Skylark

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Lot’s of cars have interesting stories, and Doug and Nancy’s Skylark bracket car is no exception. In Doug’s words:

“I found this car on a used car lot around 1997.  It was rust free Texas car with a totally shot interior and a 350 with a rod knock.  I let my friend know and he went to look hoping to make a full race car out of it.  When he went the car was still there but he was told it was sold.  The next month I drive by and it’s still sitting there.  I call my friend who goes back and finds out someone put money down but never came back so he bought it for $800.  We drove it home with a rod knock about 5 miles expecting it to grenade.  We gutted the motor/trans/interior and let it sit.  A short time later a local machine shop gave us a rebuilt 73 455.  Someone dropped it off to be rebuilt many years ago and never picked it up.  Having a car and a motor sitting there we decided to build a “fun car”.  A local junk yard gave us a TH400, we built a 4.10 12 bolt chevy from a spare housing, used some old MT headers from the rafters, bought a performer intake, found an old 3310 Holley and threw it all together.  The best the car ran was 12.80’s with a total investment of about $1500.  I drove the car off and on for about 10 years, usually taking it to Buick races to have fun with.  3 years ago I bought the car from my friend and shortly afterwards I bought a 12-1 stage 1 engine and ran 11.70’s.”

Looking for better ET’s, Doug built the engine in the car now. It’s budget minded, but still uses good quality parts: The Block was machined by Bobb and Geof  at Finishline, and assembled by Doug. Wiseco Pistons were used, and swing on 6.635 BBC H beam rods. The cam is a custom flat tappet from Competition Components, 260 @ .050 on the intake side, and .600 lift with Comp Cams 1.6 Gold series rocker arms.  Heads are CNC Ported Edelbrock RPM’s with an upgrade to 7/16 rocker studs.  The intake is an SP1 single plane with an adapter to run a 9375 Dominator (1050). Improved oiling comes from a Finishline scavenger unit. Doug used some innovation and some spare parts for the ignition, using a stock buick distributor and converted it to electronics using a Mopar pickup and corresponding orange control box. Neat idea Doug. The converter is a 4000 RPM Coan unit, and the 12 Bolt houses 4.10 gears. Exhaust consists of 2″ Headers and 3 1/2″ pipes and Dynomax bullet mufflers. Best ET so far is 10.60 @ 127+ mph. The skylark weighs in at 3500lbs. Oh, and the other cool thing? Nancy is Doug’s sister in law and  shares the driving duties on the blue Buick! Here’s a video of the car in action


Lunati Connecting Rods added to site

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

We have added the full line of Lunati connecting rods to the site at great prices! From the H-beam rods, to the killer Pro-Series Rods Lunati makes a great product. Check out the full listing here: Lunati Rods


Dennis Stoffers’ German C Body

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Hot rodding is alive and well in Germany. Check out Dennis Stoffers’ 1969 Chrysler 300. Very cool! I love these old C-Bodies, they are unusual, but cool. And they are big. Really big! This one runs well too. How’s 12.80’s weighing in at 4300+ pounds? And it’s docile enough to drive everywhere. Very cool. The bottom end is a basic 440 that’s .030 over at 10.75 to 1. A set of home ported Edelbrock Performer RPM heads with Competition Components springs and hardware were bolted on, topped with a Edelbrock CH-28 dual quad manifold and twin Edelbrock 600 carburetors.  The camshaft is a small custom mechanical flat tappet from Scott Brown at Competition Components, around 235 @ .050 and .530 lift. The 727 is fitted with a B&M holeshot converter, and the rear end houses 3.91 gears. Exhaust is handled by a set of 1 3/4 headers and a 3″ dual exhaust with 3″ Magnaflow mufflers with tailpipes to the back of the car. None of us are ever satisfied with how fast the car is, so this winter Dennis plans to step up to and 1 7/8 or 2″ header and put one of our 9.5″ PTC converters in the car. With those changes and some more work, Dennis hopes to see some 12.50’s out of the car. Great job on a cool car Dennis.


Brad Penn Motorcycle Oil added to the website

Monday, October 18th, 2010

V2 4-Stroke Motorcycle Oil SAE 20W-50

Specifically designed with twin V domestic and imported motorcycle engine technology/lubrication needs in mind. This SAE 20W-50 motorcycle oil is formulated with Pennsylvania Grade base oils and superior additive chemistry making it a great choice to use in applications calling for one lubricant for the engine, transmission/wet clutch and primary chain systems (if applicable). Meets JASO MA frictional performance requirements. A good multi-viscosity choice for use in V twin engines such as those found in Harley-Davidson® motorcycles where a 20W-50 API SJ, CF, CG-4 or CH-4 quality oil is specified. Also suitable for use in S&S®, RevTech®, Triumph®, Ducati®, BMW®, Victory®, and other domestic and imported motorcycles where an SAE 20W-50 viscosity, API SJ, SH, SG, CH-4, CG-4, or CF oil is specified. Always consult your owner’s manual for proper oil viscosity and quality selection.

Brad Penn Oil Listings


RHS LS1 Heads Now available

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Racing Head Service LS1 HeadsThe latest Pro Action™ Cylinder Heads from RHS® are affordable LS-style heads that save you the time and expense of having your new heads CNC or hand-ported. These LS cathedral port heads combine race-proven head design and Clean Cast Technology™ to create “as cast” ports that flow like they’ve already been ported.

RHS® Pro Action™ Cathedral Port Aluminum Cylinder Heads for LS Applications are engineered with highly efficient combustion chambers that increase power and torque by improving airflow and flame propagation (the spreading of flames in a combustible environment) while multi-angle intake and radiused exhaust seats even further improve airflow. Their durable 355T6 aerospace-grade aluminum alloy construction is lightweight and increases cylinder head life and strength while high capacity water jackets generate greater thermal conductivity for cooler, more efficient engine operation.

The new Pro Action™ Cathedral Port Aluminum Cylinder Heads for LS Applications are available in three versions: as cast P-Port with no valve job; as cast 62cc combustion chamber with 2.02″/1.600″ valves, 205cc runners; and as cast 62cc combustion chamber with 2.050″/1.600″valves, 225cc runners. Stock valve angles and centers, drilled and tapped accessory holes, and stock port locations make these heads compatible with stock applications. However, added material at the top of each head allows for upgraded valve train components, making these cathedral port heads perfect for use in everything from mild street to all-out race applications.

Part # Description Runner Chamber Valve Size In. Ex.

54301 LS Cathedral Port 205cc 62cc 2.020″ 1.600″

54302 LS Cathedral Port 225cc 62cc 2.050″ 1.600″

Features & Benefits:

Clean Cast Technology™ creates as cast ports that flow as well as ported heads

Affordable bolt-on LS performance upgrade ready for use right out of the box in mild street to all-out race applications

Combustion chambers improve airflow and flame propagation to increase power & torque

Multi-angle intake and radiused exhaust seats improve airflow

355T6 aluminum alloy is lightweight and increases life and strength

High capacity water jackets generate greater thermal conductivity for cooler, more effective operation

Stock valve angles work with both stock and upgraded valve train components

Also available assembled with premium components

Fully CNC Ported versions coming soon!!!!



Congrats Jim Monson on your first 6 second pass

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Big Congrats goes out to long time friend and customer Jim Monson on his first 6 second pass at the NMRA event in Bowling Green this past weekend. 6.94 at 201.73! Great Job Jim, all that hard work has paid off. Jim’s incrementals:  1.12/ 60 ; 2.99/ 330; 4.52/ 660; 6.94.  Well Done!

 Jim runs a small block Ford with a single 106MM turbo and a powerglide. The rotating assembly and valvetrain are all Competition Components items.