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2BAD6568s
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From: South Point, Ohio, USA
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 03-06-2003 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2BAD6568s   Click Here to Email 2BAD6568s     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since my engine builder didn't feel like starting on my motor after 2 and a half months, my uncle said he would be happy to build it. He ordered a 306 rotating assembly from keith craft. It comes with a seasoned 302 crank, eagle rods, and trw flat top pistons. They are also balancing it. My uncle said the person he talked with seemed to be very knowlegable about his fords. Just wondering if anyone has ever dealt with them before? If so, what do you think?

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-06-2003 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seasoned? Would that be mild or spicy?

That's just another word for "used".

Seriously, I would have made the purchase of those parts from Kuntz & Co. instead.

But then again I supposed that I am biased.

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D&S Induction Systems
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posted 03-06-2003 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for D&S Induction Systems   Click Here to Email D&S Induction Systems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Seasoned? Would that be mild or spicy?



I would like a "spicy" seasoned crany with deep fried piston rings served with 8 breaded connecting rods, covered in 10W-30. And for an appetizer, I would like to try you're valve train combo.

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jsracingbbf
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posted 03-06-2003 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

When an engine block is cast, it is left with a lot of internal stresses. As the block heats up and cools down from normal use, these internal stresses relax. As this happens, the block will distort some. The tolerances of the engine can become less than optimum as the block settles. A high mileage block, as long as it passes all the high performance checks will not distort over time as much as a new casting. The re heating and re-cooling of the block makes the block stronger over time. These blocks are called "seasoned" blocks. If a New High performance "better than stock casting" block is not available ( like an SVO motorsport block ) a seasoned block that is "in" tolerance or can be machined to tolerance is the next best choice.

I guess I'm a little off topic but I don't know Mr. Craft at all. Mr. Kuntz his former associate seems like a real nice fellow though, they aren't very far from me.
Good Luck on your motor.

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Jerry
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Moneymaker
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posted 03-06-2003 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like mine Cajun style personally.

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Alex Denysenko
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Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
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Hans olsson
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posted 03-07-2003 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hans olsson   Click Here to Email Hans olsson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like him! The cam and lifters we bought from Keith Craft picked up the power 20 Hp on the average.
Very nice and friendly people.

Hans

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fordracer30
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posted 03-07-2003 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordracer30   Click Here to Email fordracer30     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the best.If you are into FE fords and have the money he is the best.

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-07-2003 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My good friends Red and Shaun LeBlanc both run out of the Keith Craft stable.
Both have record holding FE's.

The Booze bros. and Paul Adams have the UNDESPUTED quickest and fastest bodied FE powered cars int he country and they run out of the Kuntz & Co. shop.

Both shops produce some of the quickest and fastes FoMoCo motors in the country.
Ironically, their shops are only 9 miles apart in the tiny community of Arkadelphia Arkansas.
Although I have yet to meet Keith Craft in person, we almost always seem to run into him when we go to lunch while visiting Kuntz.
Coincidence or what?

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,&'03
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28
Professional Manwhore
The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
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Stephen & Horace Johnson
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posted 03-09-2003 03:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen & Horace Johnson   Click Here to Email Stephen & Horace Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah Alex how about our ole buds from Tenn.. they have some bad FE's.. Watch out Shaun is goin to be the first 8sec. GT car. I know Keith did our heads..and we saw a tremedous amount of HP.. and we just found some more too.. just gotta get it to the ground..

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n2oMike
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posted 03-09-2003 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned those two used to be joined.

The shop's name was 'Kuntz & Craft'

They went their seperate ways, and work independently now. I have no direct experience with either of them, but highly respect their accomplishments.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
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