While Kaase continues work on an Extreme Pro Stock head in the background, Greg Brown prepares a block for final assembly. 

: Are there any developments coming for the mountain motors in the near future?

Kaase: Well, right now I think we’re a little behind. There are times when we get behind some of the other engine builders in power, just like they get behind us, too. So we never stop working on stuff, but there’s so much that you try, that doesn’t help. It’s a constant process of working on head ports, camshafts and manifolds and each time you change one of them you have to try and find the best combination with all the other parts. I mean, sometimes we’ll even go back to things we tried years ago that didn’t work then, but works now.

: What is the direction of the R&D for Mountian Motors these days. It appears to the casual observer that even big cubic inch engines are turning more RPM that ever.

Kaase: The progression on almost all drag racing stuff is that you keep going higher with the RPMs. If you can get it to make more power, get higher RPMs, then you can put more gear to it and you’ve got more push to the tires.

: So what are your engines turning at now?

Kaase: Right now it’s about 8,300 or 8,400 and five years ago we were only at 7,600 or so. So that’s a pretty big difference. 

: Do you have any involvement in NHRA Pro Stock right now?

Kaase: Not right now. We’re friends with a few of those guys like Steve Speiss, John Nobile and W.J. (Warren Johnson), his shop isn’t too far from here and I’ll drop by and see him once in a while. But I’d say in the next year we’ll probably deal with something over there because of Ford getting back into it more now.

: How close to an actual Ford wedge design are the engines that guys like Larry Morgan and Jim Cunningham are running right now, or are they (Morgan and Cunningham’s)  more like a Chrysler clone?