Mast Motorsports is doing it right! Horace Mast and his employees (that are more like of a band of brothers than co-workers) engineer and produce some of the highest quality, highest horsepower, and most desired LS engines in the market today. Follow along with my hotrodder bucket list, exclusive experience as I document a tour of the facility, a Mast Motorsports engine build, dyno run and subsequent installation into the LSX El Camino!
In keeping with the high horsepower theme that the LSX El Camino had with the Champion race engine big block, Greg Cragg decided to go with a high horsepower Mast Motorsports Black Label 440ci LSX engine. When Greg ordered the engine from Mast, he requested the video dyno results with the engine. It was at this time many great minds came together and we were invited down to Nacogdoches, Texas to take a tour of the facility and to participate in the engine build.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the shop General Manager, Chris Durrett, who gave us the complete tour of the facility. We very quickly discovered Mast Motorsports is much more than a simple engine building shop. They are a fully working CNC machine shop with in-house engineering capabilities, multiple dyno rooms, and a parts distribution facility. It was very exciting to witness the research and development of new products taking place, as well as the many varied tasks that were being performed while we were there. Yes, they hand build and dyno test every engine they build, but they also cast and machine their own cylinder heads, intakes, and now motorcycle engines; they take “MADE IN THE USA” very seriously. One thing I was extremely impressed with was the level of autonomy that everyone displayed. Everybody knew what to do to get the job done and worked extremely well together when doing it! It’s really cool to see a group of people with positive attitudes and that have a passion for the jobs they perform. One word could sum up their work environment – FUN! This was a very cool place to visit and I hope you enjoy what I am able to show you here. This facility should be on everyone’s “Go to” place to visit if you’re a car enthusiast that is purchasing an engine.
Hang a right and through the lobby and follow the sound of the music! Very quickly, excitement takes over, and I found myself wanting to run to see what was on the other side of the door. Dyno rooms!
After you see probably the coolest thing you think your going to see (dyno rooms), it’s on to the candy store! I felt like a little kid thinking “I want one of those, one of those, and oh I could really use that too!” The parts room had everything I needed and lots of stuff I didn’t need, but I still wanted them!
After we picked our jaws up off the floor, we were introduced to Perry Kiritsy, the engine builder that would be guiding us through the ultimate engine building experience. Perry spent the next 2 days with Greg and me showing us the ways of the force, foregoing his personal life by staying late to finish the engine.
Devil is in the details… This kind of tool control and quality brings a happy tear to an aviation guy. I have my personal tool box shadowed, and I was very happy to see all the guys there with similar organizational skills. Yet another clue to show you how professional the crew is at Mast Motorsports. Plus, if you’re a true mechanic, you enjoy seeing this kind of stuff.
Almost ready to build a Black Label LSX 440! The LSX 427 short block was machined and prepped prior to our arrival, but we brought of our own speed parts for this engine. Gregs engine is going to be a different kind of animal, this fossil fuel consumer is going to eat through a QFT 950 carburetor (more on this carb. in the future)! Definitely new LSX technology, but it’s still got that old school punch.
I hope you enjoyed the photo tour of Mast Motorsports presented here. Next time at HotRodRegal.com, I will describe Greg’s Mast Motorsports engine build-up which will include many more cool pictures, and maybe even a few videos! In the meantime, check out MastMotorsports.com or like them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news from them!
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