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#132072 - 10/04/08 01:41 PM Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
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This is some very sad news.

Keith Black Racing Engines for sale

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#132073 - 10/04/08 02:05 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
Lil Demon Offline
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That sux
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#132074 - 10/04/08 02:25 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: Lil Demon]
mark_gates Offline
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Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 6354
Loc: Cambridge Vt.
Sad news for sure, and I expect to see a lot more of this in the coming years; the economy, our country has been Enroned.
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#132075 - 10/04/08 03:28 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: mark_gates]
cudabunch Offline
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Loc: Wellington, FL
No that doesnt look good
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#132076 - 10/04/08 05:09 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
blownEFI Offline
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Registered: 02/09/04
Posts: 1415
Loc: Chicago, IL
They were so busy last year it took six months to deliver my block

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#132077 - 10/04/08 05:44 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: blownEFI]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 7415
Loc: Ohio
Reckon I need to get my KB oil pump and few rebuild kits ordered this week. Man this sux big time. These guys bust their kiesters to provide unmatched customer service.
I am majorly bummed about this.....
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#132078 - 10/04/08 05:44 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
copchaser Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 760
Loc: iowa
Now what will 440 Source do for pistons?

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#132079 - 10/04/08 05:47 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: SKR8PN]
jamesc Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 5869
Loc: communist bloc of new jersey
that's about par for the course...picked up my block last week now they're heading towards closing the doors.
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#132080 - 10/04/08 05:58 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: copchaser]
thecarfarmer Offline
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Registered: 04/18/07
Posts: 852
Loc: WA 98043
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Now what will 440 Source do for pistons?




I think Silvolite manufactured them, not Black. I've been involved in downsizing/rightsizing/layoffs/closures (although luckily not as the owner... ) and it's no good for anyone. Not the owner, the investors, or the employees.

Hopefully someone will be able to step up and provide an influx of capital that will see the company through this time without bastardizing one of the icons of the industry.

-bill
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#132081 - 10/04/08 06:04 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: copchaser]
Cab_Burge Offline
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Registered: 08/23/03
Posts: 24419
Loc: Bend,OR USA
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Now what will 440 Source do for pistons?


United Engine and Machine makes the KB line of pistons along with the Silvolite brand
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#132082 - 10/04/08 07:05 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: thecarfarmer]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 7415
Loc: Ohio
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Hopefully someone will be able to step up and provide an influx of capital that will see the company through this time without bastardizing one of the icons of the industry.

-bill





I wish I was rich instead of so darn good lookin'.......I'd buy that company in a heartbeat.
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#132083 - 10/04/08 08:09 PM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: SKR8PN]
hemi_doug Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
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Loc: Northern N.J.
Sounds to me like the Bank pulled their credit line.....
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#132084 - 10/05/08 08:32 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: Lil Demon]
Al_Alguire Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 14355
Loc: Rockville MD & Las Vegas
Do the fuel guys even run KB blocks anymore???? I would guess with all the money thrown at drag racing the last few years that some teams may even make their own billet blocks these days..Just curious if anyone knows the answer.
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#132085 - 10/05/08 09:15 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: Al_Alguire]
jamesc Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 5869
Loc: communist bloc of new jersey
i could be wrong but i "thought" billet blocks were required in fuel classes. i believe there are a few different sources for billet blocks.

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#132086 - 10/05/08 09:17 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: jamesc]
Al_Alguire Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 14355
Loc: Rockville MD & Las Vegas
Guess that was my point...If no one but guys like us run KB blocks seems like it may be a hard sell to unload the company and hope they remain a viable company. Truly sad news as I am in the same boat as you James with a new KB block as well..
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#132087 - 10/05/08 09:28 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: Al_Alguire]
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Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 10155
Loc: Upstate NY
I guess I need to order a few of the side seals for the rear cap
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#132088 - 10/05/08 09:37 AM Post deleted by Defbob [Re: Bigcube]
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#132089 - 10/05/08 09:41 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!! [Re: jamesc]
The Stig Jr Offline


Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 1842
Loc: Duloc
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i could be wrong but i "thought" billet blocks were required in fuel classes. i believe there are a few different sources for billet blocks.



Very sad news
I know Tim at FHO had a KB billet block in his shop no too long ago.
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#132090 - 10/05/08 10:06 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
40ford Offline
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Registered: 03/14/07
Posts: 572
Loc: Shelbyville, TN USA
That is truly sad if it is true. Obviously, either what they are making isn't selling or can't make what is selling.

As a small businessman involved in manufacturing, there could be many reasons why this is happening---lack of profit, lack of sales, cost too high, the wrong location to manufacture(happens a lot today) or it could be something as simple as the family doesn't want to do it any longer!

I hope at least the name/product line can continue.

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#132091 - 10/05/08 11:20 AM Re: Keith Black Engines possibly closing the doors!!!!
Bob_Coomer Offline
super gas

Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 6291
Loc: Rock Springs
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with the long wait for blocks you'd think business was booming .




I think that has something to do with it . I'm not sure what the problem is...But to wait that long, I'M sure hurt business some...I know due to the wait, I have a Indy block between the frame rails

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