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Thursday, October 5th 2006

Dyno Cell #1

Team # 13 Traco Engineering - Small-Block Chevy

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1447.6385.9Pull #2441381.8Pull #3439.9380.8
Averages -- 442.8TQ / 382.9 HP
Total Score = 825.7

Team #13 Traco Engineering, bringing the only small block Chevrolet to the JEGS Engine Masters Challenge 2006, showed muscle in the warm-up pulls, but rolling into the scored qualifying pulls, something went terribly wrong, with power down substantially. Despite the rapidly deteriorating condition, Traco finished the required three scored pulls to post a 825.7. It's a shame the engine did not get a chance to show its true potential. A preliminary look showed what looked like oil entry in the ports through the engine's valvetrain fasteners.

Dyno Cell #2

Team # 09 Automotive Machine - Buick

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1515449.6Pull #2513447.9Pull #3513448.1
Averages -- 513.7 TQ / 448.5 HP
Total Score = 962.2

Team 9, Automotive Machine came to the Engine Masters Challenge with another Buick, repeating their loyalty to the make after competing with a powerful Buick entry last year. This year's entry featured T/A Performance heads, and with the cubic displacement some 70 cubes less than that required last year, we felt a Buick at that displacement could be a wildcard. Interestingly, while these Buick engines are known for torque, this entry was leaning more towards top-end power, with 647 showing at 6400 rpm, and 517 Lb-Ft of torque. The Buick team posted a score of 962.3.

Dyno Cell #3

Team # 08 Survival - Ford FE

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1525458.7Pull #2524457.8Pull #3524457.4
Averages -- 524.3 TQ / 458.0 HP
Total Score = 982.3

Team 8, Survival Motorsports came once again to the Challenge with an FE Ford. Team leader Barry Babotnick has been building these engines for years, and he brought a stout Blue Thunder-headed engine to the Engine Masters event. Another competitor with a tilt towards heavy power at higher rpms, this FE posted 678 peak horsepower, and 578 Lb-Ft of torque. The entry finished qualifying with a score of 982.3, a little short of making the finals, but the outright power numbers showed what could be done with the FE's.

Dyno Cell #1

Team # 07 Dumkums/Williams - Big-Block Chevy

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1536467.1Pull #2524456.2Pull #3522454.9
Averages -- 527.3 TQ / 459.4 HP
Total Score = 986.7

Team 7, Dunkum's Machine/ W-Enterprises, and team leader Charles Williams is a well known Engine Masters Veteran, and so far, always a Chevy man. This year, the entry was a big block, with a relatively small bore, and a set of Brodix heads. The engine drew some attention, since the Williams team is always one to watch. The preliminary warm-up numbers looked really strong, but what seemed like a little too-dangerous of a tune sacked the power numbers. Williams persevered through the scored pulls, but the damage held the score down to 986.7.

Dyno Cell #2

Team # 04 Shaver Specialty - Big-Block Chevy

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1540 473Pull #2538471Pull #3537471
Averages -- 583.3 TQ / 471.7 HP
Total Score = 1010.0

Team 4, Shaver Specialty Co. brought a big block Chevy, an engine that resembled last years entry, but was based on a substantially new combination with Brodix heads. Shaver tuned with air bleeds and jets, and dialed in the timing, expertly using the 20 minute tune- up period. The rat-motor proved to be a solid power producer, posting peaks of 697 hp and 606 Lb-Ft, for a final score of 1010.

Dyno Cell #3

Team # 03 Jon Kaase - Pontiac

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1579 507Pull #2577505Pull #3575504
Averages -- 577 TQ / 505.3 HP
Total Score = 1082.3

Team 3, Jon Kaase Racing once again brought a Pontiac, actually the same entry as was used last year, but with two points of compression knocked out, and a shorter stroke crank to meet this years rules. Kaase was the Engine Masters champion in 2003 and 2004, however after leading in the 2005 event, finished 4th with this Pontiac. This year, the Pontiac was back with a vengeance, posting the top numbers in outright power and score. With 751 hp showing on the dyno sheets, and a staggering 646 Lb-Ft of torque, this engine made monster power, and the 1082.3 final score but the engine handily in the leader's spot.

Dyno Cell #1

Team # 02 Livernois Motorsports - Ford

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1541 474.4Pull #2540473.9Pull #3541474.6
Averages -- 540.7 TQ / 474.3 HP
Total Score = 1015.0

Team 2, Livernois Motorsports, last year's third place finisher was another competitor to closely watch. This year's entry is a big block Ford, with Ford Motorsports heads. The Livernois engine was tuned, checked, and dialed-in during the tune-up period by John Lahone aided by Adney Brown from Performance Crankshaft. With peak power numbers of 712 hp, and 605 Lb-Ft, this engine showed some strong output in the qualifying stage of the competition. This big Ford finished with 1015 scored points.

Dyno Cell #2

Team # 01 B.E.S. Racing - Ford

Average TorqueAverage Horsepower
Pull #1573 501Pull #2573501Pull #3575502
Averages -- 573.7 TQ / 501.3 HP
Total Score = 1075.0

Team 1, BES Racing, another veteran competitor brought a Windsor Ford with CHI cylinder heads, probably one of the most popular combinations in this year's Challenge. While many other competitors ran this combination, team leader Tony Bischoff seems to have an ability to wring unreal power from a combination. During the warm-up pulls, the engine showed an incredibly fat torque curve, which helps to pile on the score points. Peak numbers registering 714 hp and 643 Lb-Ft also help the cause. Tony ran through qualifying without doing any tuning, and qualified in second position with 1075 points.