I think I should say something here since my question was mentioned in this thread. I do apologize for the delayed response, Iíve been so busy, havenít really had time to get on here lately.
First off let me say that I had just lost over $20,000 to good old Mr. Bruce Dudley, so I was very cautious going in to another business deal with ANY engine builder.
I did contact Total Marine for a pair of motors. I wanted 800hp, Steve told me their 775 should push about 800hp. When Steve told me ďWe have been building race engines for twenty+ years.Ē I didnít take it as he personally has built motors for that long. The way I understood it, was that his employees have that much experience. Thatís what counts anyway, right? I mean they are the ones who will actually be doing the work. Thatís how I understood it anyway.
So, after all was said and done, I did in fact contract TMP for my new engines. Do to my schedule, I havenít actually had a chance to get many hours on them yet. But the TMP service was great the entire way thru. My situation was especially screwed up, because Bruce Dudley kept telling me that he had already purchased 2 new Whipple EFI kits and would ship them directly to TMP. Steve Emmons was very patient even when this went on for about 6 months. Not once did he ever say that he would not install parts that some one else had purchased. In fact I did send him 2 Keith E. oil coolers which they did install and dyno with. The Whipple kits never did show up from Bruce.
I am very happy with what I ended up with. I received 2 Whipple charged 540cid EFI motors complete with everything even power steering pump and new fuel pumps. They are computer controlled and will pull out timing and/or increase F/A mixture in increments, if detonation in is detected, depending on the duration of the knock. Both dynoed at over 830hp and idle extremely nice at about 700rpm. All in all, I feel I got a great engine package, with warranty!
I should also mention, I have never physically met Steve, or any one from TMP, I have only talked to Steve and Eddy on the phone. Also, no one from TMP has contacted me to respond to this thread. I simply felt like they went out of their way for me, I should at least mention my related experience.