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« on: March 14, 2017, 11:12:57 AM »
These valve covers are now in process.  I am hoping to have prototypes by the end of April, with the production parts available sometime in June.  So far I have not finalized the filler cap situation, but am planning for a screw-in style.  Anyone who is interested in a set of these can get on my list by emailing me at jayb@fepower.net, posting under this thread, or calling me at 952-428-9035.  No deposit required, and if you have to decline delivery when the time comes, that's OK, but please don't say you'd like a pair if you are not serious.  I will ship off the list on a first come, first served basis.  Pricing for the valve covers, plain without the screw-in plugs or breathers, will be $259 per pair plus shipping, including attachment hardware. 

The valve covers are pentroof style with a fine sand-cast finish.  I expect to have multiple variations of these valve covers available as machining options.  For example, plain cast, each cover machined for one breather, each cover machined for two breathers, fins on the top, top cut off with a plexiglass cover so that the valve train is visible, cut for master cylinder clearance, etc. etc.  These valve covers will fit the Dove end stands without any modification.  Also custom scripts machined into the top of the valve cover will also be available for additional cost of $50-$100 per pair, depending on the complexity of the design and the CNC time.

First production run will be 50 pairs of valve covers, with a follow-up production run of another 50 pair.  After that, depending on if they sell, I may continue to build them, or I may discontinue them.  Some pictures of a 3D printed model of the valve cover are shown below; the third picture shows a cover with the top machined off, that could be fitted with a plexiglass top.  I will post pictures of the prototypes as soon as I have them.  More information is available on page 8 of the forum thread listed below.  Thanks for your interest in these parts - Jay

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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 11:40:07 AM »
Sweet, great to hear.
Would a custom script be available on any of the first run of covers ?
Would the plexiglass covers be removable or fixed ?
Sorry for the questions. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 11:50:02 AM »
exactally how tall are they? The stock pentroofs I have are getting close,, if any taller then them I wont be able to use yours. any plans to make them shorter then the stock ones?

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 11:57:25 AM »
Put me down for a set with the plexi on the top....
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 01:05:15 PM »
Sweet, great to hear.
Would a custom script be available on any of the first run of covers ?
Would the plexiglass covers be removable or fixed ?
Sorry for the questions.

Yes, I will do the custom script option starting right away.  The plexiglass tops will be bolt-on and probably O-ring sealed.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 01:31:30 PM »
exactally how tall are they? The stock pentroofs I have are getting close,, if any taller then them I wont be able to use yours. any plans to make them shorter then the stock ones?

No plans to go shorter than stock.  The sheet metal Ford pentroofs that I have here measure 4.75" from the gasket sealing surface to the top of the cover.  The Cobra LeMans covers are taller, measure 4.965".  My covers are about the same as that, just a little shorter at 4.945".  However, there is room for me to machine about 0.200" off the top of my covers, if space is an issue.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 01:32:38 PM »
Put me down for a set with the plexi on the top....

FYI, the covers will be the same price for the aluminum part, but the machined plexiglass and O-ring seal will add to the cost.  Don't know how much yet...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 04:18:06 PM »
Looks real good Jay! I was wondering what you have been up to... So is the grey colored area on top where you would mill flat and put the plexi top cover on? Hard to tell for sure but looks like it. If that is the case, what is the height for this option?

Put me down for a set with plexiglass top, if I change my mind later, I would go ahead and get "lightning bolts & Mercury" script, like a 65-66 Merc valve cover. One or the other or possibly both.

Heck... are you sure you can't just run the 3D plastic covers? I think they have a high heat material that can be printed... this and a plastic tunnel ram would look good on your adapter and be LIGHTWEIGHT, maybe for a drag car?

Thanks for your efforts. Kudos!
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 04:24:15 PM »
Jay, put me down for a set with the filler cap. This should be sweet with the Tunnel Port/ Tunnel Ram I built! By the way I made a plexy glass top so I can see what the gas flow looks like! Next is getting the long block built! Garry

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 04:31:19 PM »
Hi Jay,

How about the valve spring and end stand clearance on the inside?  Seems like there's always some interference at the ends and the lower bolt holes.  Would be nice to not have to spend a couple hours with the dynafile to get them to clear the valve gear.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 04:53:17 PM »
David, I checked that and it should be plenty.  I made sure that the Dove end stands will fit, and I think those are the ones that usually cause problems.  I also checked with 1.55" diameter springs installed on the heads, and it looked like there was at least 0.100" clearance everywhere, so up to a 1.75" diameter spring should fit.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 04:58:40 PM »
Looks real good Jay! I was wondering what you have been up to... So is the grey colored area on top where you would mill flat and put the plexi top cover on? Hard to tell for sure but looks like it. If that is the case, what is the height for this option?

Put me down for a set with plexiglass top, if I change my mind later, I would go ahead and get "lightning bolts & Mercury" script, like a 65-66 Merc valve cover. One or the other or possibly both.

Heck... are you sure you can't just run the 3D plastic covers? I think they have a high heat material that can be printed... this and a plastic tunnel ram would look good on your adapter and be LIGHTWEIGHT, maybe for a drag car?

Thanks for your efforts. Kudos!

The cutoff for the plexiglas version is about 3" high, a little lower than the gray plastic on the complete cover.  It would be about the height of the cutoff cover shown in the pictures.  As far as making them from plastic, I don't know if that would work or not.  I think from a material standpoint ABS plastic might work, but if you think about how the parts are 3D printed, there are some areas where very small gaps can occur, because the plastic goes on in thin layers.  Around curves there may be an issue.  The prints shown here are made with a material called PLA.  PLA has a fairly low melting point and wouldn't work on the car due to temperature considerations.  ABS would I think, but ABS shrinks dramatically when it cools, and my efforts to print large ABS parts have not been successful because of that.  However, I am in the process of printing some intake manifolds for testing on the dyno, and that will really tell me if this will work or not.  Stay tuned...
Jay Brown
- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 05:13:31 PM »
Jay, a question has come up, so I'll ask - do you think for an additional charge the tall bolt bosses could be machined down to the flange level for someone who might want to use studs instead? Is there enough material? of course the machined area wouldn't have the same cast finish as the rest of the valve cover.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 06:19:07 PM »
Put me down for a set, Jay. I don't see an issue with the 1 1/4 filler holes either. The neck on a quart of VR1 will fit down in there nicely. 
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 06:49:19 PM »
Jay, a question has come up, so I'll ask - do you think for an additional charge the tall bolt bosses could be machined down to the flange level for someone who might want to use studs instead? Is there enough material? of course the machined area wouldn't have the same cast finish as the rest of the valve cover.

That would be no problem, I could have that as a machining option - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 08:21:20 PM »
Sign me up for a couple pair.

Been kinda tangled up with "non-FE" things, but trying to get back into normal mode...

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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2017, 12:29:29 AM »
I'd also like to get on the list, please put me down for 2 pair...style to be determined.
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2017, 11:37:19 AM »
Looks real good Jay! I was wondering what you have been up to... So is the grey colored area on top where you would mill flat and put the plexi top cover on? Hard to tell for sure but looks like it. If that is the case, what is the height for this option?

Put me down for a set with plexiglass top, if I change my mind later, I would go ahead and get "lightning bolts & Mercury" script, like a 65-66 Merc valve cover. One or the other or possibly both.

Heck... are you sure you can't just run the 3D plastic covers? I think they have a high heat material that can be printed... this and a plastic tunnel ram would look good on your adapter and be LIGHTWEIGHT, maybe for a drag car?

Thanks for your efforts. Kudos!

The cutoff for the plexiglas version is about 3" high, a little lower than the gray plastic on the complete cover.  It would be about the height of the cutoff cover shown in the pictures.  As far as making them from plastic, I don't know if that would work or not.  I think from a material standpoint ABS plastic might work, but if you think about how the parts are 3D printed, there are some areas where very small gaps can occur, because the plastic goes on in thin layers.  Around curves there may be an issue.  The prints shown here are made with a material called PLA.  PLA has a fairly low melting point and wouldn't work on the car due to temperature considerations.  ABS would I think, but ABS shrinks dramatically when it cools, and my efforts to print large ABS parts have not been successful because of that.  However, I am in the process of printing some intake manifolds for testing on the dyno, and that will really tell me if this will work or not.  Stay tuned...

Not to get to far from the original thread but......... What would something like this cost versus a cast aluminum manifold?
Keep up the great work.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2017, 03:57:16 PM »
It would probably cost about the same; they take a long time to print.  However, they are not airtight as printed, they would need to be painted or coated with something to seal them up.  Also, the plastic may not be good for underhood temps.  They are dyno pieces only, I think, and I am not planning on making them to sell.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2017, 05:06:43 PM »
hmm, so you can print a 427 SOHC for display purposes,, now I need one

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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2017, 08:22:48 PM »
It would probably cost about the same; they take a long time to print.  However, they are not airtight as printed, they would need to be painted or coated with something to seal them up.  Also, the plastic may not be good for underhood temps.  They are dyno pieces only, I think, and I am not planning on making them to sell.

Good too know Jay. I know Ford has been using 3D printing for custom intakes for a while now with great success.
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2017, 08:24:41 PM »
My guess is that Ford has a better 3D printer than I do  ;D
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2017, 09:21:55 PM »
Just add a couple more zeros to your budget :). We have some really nice ones at work also. Unfortunately printing intakes isn't allowed.
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2017, 12:35:49 AM »
I'd like a set.  Estimated price?  Clear brake booster?  Baffles under the breathers?  Breathers in plexiglass, or baffled side mounted breathers?  Coating on the inside of the plexiglass to try to keep them clear?  Spare plexiglass to use for show, keeping clean? 

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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2017, 09:11:29 AM »
Estimated price is $259 for a normal set, and $329 for a set with the clear top. 

Whether or not they clear the brake booster will depend on the car.  For a Mustang, there is sufficient stock in the casting to machine for clearance; on my 69 Torino, I don't think I could do anything to make them fit.  Case by case basis, but if a stock pentroof will fit, mine will fit.

There will be sheet metal baffles under the breathers, but I wasn't planning any for the plexiglass tops; I would leave installing side baffles to the end user.

No coating planned for the clear tops, but I could certainly make replacements or spares.

Email me if you want me to put you on my waiting list, jayb@fepower.net
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2017, 12:49:06 PM »
Whatever happened to the all-clear vacuum-molded Lexan valve covers project?

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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2017, 03:41:33 PM »
The project is still ongoing, and I hope to have those valve covers available also later in the summer.  I need to test them in under-hood conditions, in hot weather, to make sure they survive before I put them up for sale.  FYI I will be running a set of those on my new dyno mule; they are well proven for dyno use.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2017, 04:07:12 PM »
hell yeah! put me down for a pair. (FE Power) scripted on both with one breather on both! What about a smaller engraving saying (ALL THROTTLE NO BOTTLE) underneath the FE Power.  Doable?

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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2017, 07:57:27 PM »
Sure, that's do-able.  I like it!  Please email me your name, to jayb@fepower.net.  I will have you down for pair #34.
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2017, 12:19:03 AM »
I'm in for a pair of plain with screw in caps and or breathers. Are the hole openings optional and will you do both front and/or back as required.

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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2017, 05:47:57 AM »
OK Dale, I have you on my list.  I can do any combination of screw-in caps or breathers in one or two positions on each valve cover.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2017, 03:00:44 PM »
Shipping price to norway Jay ?  :)
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« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2017, 09:20:38 PM »
I'm not sure, I can't get an exact number until I know the weight and size of the box, and I haven't determined that yet.  But I'd guess around US$125...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2017, 01:54:21 AM »
Okay. Have always wanted these Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/282428904864 but will rather support one off your product. is it possible to make them with one filler and one breather one each side like the one on eBay
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2017, 05:32:55 AM »
i take a pair that is plain. Do not know what to do with the breather option.
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« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2017, 08:27:25 AM »
I can put either one or two breathers on each valve cover, opposite ends, same ends, whatever you would like.  I will have more information on that when I have the first prototypes machined.  Robin, can you send me an email with your full name and shipping address please?  I will need that to put you on my list.  Thanks, Jay  jayb@fepower.net
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2017, 02:32:00 PM »
Done  8)
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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2017, 06:33:08 PM »
Jaya,
IN regards to the set you are making for me, I have a brake booster, the covers I'm running now are 4 inches tall, with approximately .375 of room between cover and booster, do you have ability to machine in a relief area to accommodate for booster, or am I screwed?

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« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2017, 06:36:33 PM »
Sorry that should read jayb, not Jaya.

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« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2017, 08:08:14 PM »
There is extra material in the casting to allow machining in a relief for brake booster clearance or master cylinder clearance.  However, every installation is different, so it would help if you can send me details about the which car the engine is installed in, and also a picture or two of the brake booster area of the engine compartment, with the existing valve covers installed.  I'm going to have to develop a list of what modifications work on what vehicles, since I don't have an example of all the different combinations   ;)
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2017, 08:16:37 PM »
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« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2017, 09:34:57 PM »
Thanks for the pictures.  I have room back in that area to machine the valve cover for clearance, but I don't know if I have enough room.  Looking at your pictures, I think I do, but not sure.  What we can do, when I have the production parts here, is I can send you a single cover to test fit.  I plan on machining one to the minimum dimensions so that people can check it for fit.  If it doesn't fit, we'll know, and if it does, then you can send back the test cover and I'll get you a pair that are machined in the right area.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2017, 11:11:53 AM »
Jay have you kicked around the idea of casting any oil pans? A finned aluminum FE oil pan in 6-8 qt capacities would be a big seller imo.

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« Reply #43 on: May 23, 2017, 03:05:10 PM »
sure wish I could afford a set of these.. maybe once I get things in order and car running a lot better I will get a pair.. still watching :)

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« Reply #44 on: May 23, 2017, 10:15:44 PM »
Jay have you kicked around the idea of casting any oil pans? A finned aluminum FE oil pan in 6-8 qt capacities would be a big seller imo.

The cast aluminum Cobra pans are still available.  They work great in both road racing and drag racing applications.  I don't think there would be any reason for me to cast a pan when a good one like that is already available.

http://www.cobranda.com/bigblcooilpa.html
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2017, 09:29:59 AM »
Yeah not much of a fan of the T style pan myself. It's just a thought, but I was thinking more along the lines of a conventional style finned pan mostly for street cars.   

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« Reply #46 on: May 27, 2017, 08:10:59 PM »
OK Jay sounds good, look forward to test fitting. On a side note, finally got my car to track, not too impressed yet. Ran a 13.67 at 99mph, granted we are at 6200 feet above sea level and spun for 20-30 feet, but need it faster. Been thinking of putting an 8-71 on, seems difficult to find the parts needed, any suggestions on where to find these? Intake, blower, pulleys, distributor that fits etc.

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« Reply #47 on: May 28, 2017, 09:43:20 PM »
I've actually never run a roots type supercharger, so I'm not sure where you would get those parts.  Maybe contact one of the companies that specialize in blowers?
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #48 on: August 23, 2017, 01:24:08 AM »
hi jay, do you still have vc  for sale if so could you post pics thanx

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« Reply #49 on: August 23, 2017, 08:31:30 AM »
OK Jay sounds good, look forward to test fitting. On a side note, finally got my car to track, not too impressed yet. Ran a 13.67 at 99mph, granted we are at 6200 feet above sea level and spun for 20-30 feet, but need it faster. Been thinking of putting an 8-71 on, seems difficult to find the parts needed, any suggestions on where to find these? Intake, blower, pulleys, distributor that fits etc.

Try B.D.S., Dyers, Hampton or Littlefield. These are the top suppliers in the racing/street industry.

https://www.google.com/search?q=6.71+blower+suppliers&rlz=1C1SAVS_enUS541US568&oq=6.71+blower+suppliers&aqs=chrome..69i57.6367j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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« Reply #50 on: August 23, 2017, 06:45:41 PM »
hi jay, do you still have vc  for sale if so could you post pics thanx

I haven't started delivering the production valve covers yet, it took most of the summer to work through some of the finish issues I have had with the prototype castings from the foundry.  However, I am expecting to have the production valve covers ready in 2-3 weeks, and start delivering them then.  I currently have a list of about 50 people who want them, so I will be delivering the covers to those folks first.  If you want to get on my list for a set, email me at jayb@fepower.net

Some pictures of the prototypes are at the link below:

http://fepower.net/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=4481.msg52921#msg52921
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #51 on: August 23, 2017, 09:02:00 PM »
Great product Jay you will need a catalog soon !

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« Reply #52 on: October 12, 2017, 09:43:40 AM »
Jay, hopefully I am on the list.  I did email you several weeks back and you did respond


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« Reply #53 on: October 12, 2017, 10:10:33 AM »
Harold, you are on my list, but unfortunately I haven't started delivering the valve covers yet.  I have been having problems with the foundry.  For anyone else interested, here is an update on the valve cover project:

-  The first batch of prototype valve covers I received from the foundry (in May) were functional, but had a fairly rough surface finish.  It turned out that the foundry used the wrong type of sand on the covers.  I machined these covers and showed them at a local show here in Minneapolis in June anyway, but worked with the foundry to resolve this issue.

- The second batch of prototypes had a different problem, again related to surface finish.  I got those in July, and again they were functionally OK, but the outside surface of the valve covers looked kind of like a bad orange peel paint job.  Apparently the sand was sprayed with some kind of coating, and it wasn't done properly.  Once again I went back to the foundry, told them that this was unacceptable, and try again.

- Meanwhile, I found a local company who thought they could refinish some of the recent valve covers to make them acceptable.  They took a couple that I had and did a pretty good job on the large flat surfaces.  So, at the end of August I went to the foundry to pick up a small order of 20 valve cover castings with that defective finish, and took them to the other company to be reworked.  Short story was that they couldn't them right near the edges and corners.   Back to square one. 

- At the beginning of September, I received a cryptic email and letter from a new company, saying that they had purchased the foundry I was using!  Everyone I had been working with at the foundry was gone.  I called and left numerous messages but got not response for two weeks.  Finally, they hired back a few of the people from the foundry that I knew, and one of them got back to me.  So, they have assured me (again) that they understand the issues and that this next go-around, with another 20 prototypes, the surface finish will be correct.  According to their schedule I will be getting the next batch of prototypes by the end of November, hopefully in time for me to display them at PRI.

I just wanted to relay this information to anyone else who may be on my list.  As a small customer to the foundry, I don't get a lot of attention, and with my surface finish requirements for these valve covers they have to pay pretty close attention to the sand cores before they cast.  Hopefully after all this the next batch will be right.  My experience with the foundries I've used is that once they get the prototypes right, the production parts all look pretty good; this has been the case with my intake adapters and my timing covers.  So, I'm hopeful I'm just about at the end of the road here.

In terms of delivery, I will be starting to deliver a few weeks after I get the first good castings, but that is not likely to be until December or January at this point.  I apologize for the delay on these covers, but I am not going to sacrifice my quality standards just to get the product out; these castings are an appearance item and they have to be right, or I won't accept the castings from the foundry.  If you are on my list, thanks for your patience - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #54 on: October 12, 2017, 12:37:25 PM »
Not a problem at all.
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« Reply #55 on: October 12, 2017, 03:31:07 PM »
Always fun trying to manufacture anything when
One has to rely on others.
I started in January to make fender emblem inserts for
1965-66 trucks. Small batch turned out great then 3m quit
Making one of the materials needed. Trying to find another solution.
So understand how stuff never goes like one hopes.

Where am I on list for a pair of the covers?

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« Reply #56 on: October 12, 2017, 03:47:00 PM »
Always fun trying to manufacture anything when
One has to rely on others.
I started in January to make fender emblem inserts for
1965-66 trucks. Small batch turned out great then 3m quit
Making one of the materials needed. Trying to find another solution.
So understand how stuff never goes like one hopes.

Where am I on list for a pair of the covers?

I don't think I've got you on my list, unless its under a different email than you are registered under at the forum.  Did I send you an email or PM confirming you are on the list?  PM me to discuss - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #57 on: October 12, 2017, 06:37:33 PM »
Jay, if the rework you were looking at was vibratory tumbling, it should work. The issue is tooling and media size.
To keep the gasket surface and edges crisp, you'd have to bolt them to something like a valve cover spacer.  Most small shops only use one or two media types or sizes because they're set up for a common product type.
I'd have to go back and look at the different styles, but you would need some sort of tooling (usually a rubber material that is cast cheaply) to protect sharp features.

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« Reply #58 on: October 12, 2017, 09:02:23 PM »
Jay, if the rework you were looking at was vibratory tumbling, it should work.

Media type is also important. In my experience, using steel shot or beads isn't a good alternative. The steel gets embedded into the aluminum and will turn a rust color over time as it oxidizes. It tends to look kind of crappy, and only a good glass beading will get rid of it permanently.

No problem on time frame. A quality product is better than something that people won't be happy with.
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« Reply #59 on: October 12, 2017, 09:39:38 PM »
Thanks for the update, Jay. Seems like I'm #7 on the list but I'd be down for a cosmetically challenged  pair too. Something I could powder coat....
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« Reply #60 on: October 13, 2017, 10:17:58 AM »
Always fun trying to manufacture anything when
One has to rely on others.
I started in January to make fender emblem inserts for
1965-66 trucks. Small batch turned out great then 3m quit
Making one of the materials needed. Trying to find another solution.
So understand how stuff never goes like one hopes.

Where am I on list for a pair of the covers?

I don't think I've got you on my list, unless its under a different email than you are registered under at the forum.  Did I send you an email or PM confirming you are on the list?  PM me to discuss - Jay

I searched my emails and found I am #34.
Email dated 3/31/17
Did not remember you had given me a # on list.

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« Reply #61 on: October 13, 2017, 11:10:46 AM »
Yes, I checked and I still have you at #34 - Jay
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #62 on: October 13, 2017, 04:18:50 PM »
According to their schedule I will be getting the next batch of prototypes by the end of November, hopefully in time for me to display them at PRI.

Uncle Bob and I decided to head to PRI this year! I hope to see them there!

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« Reply #63 on: October 13, 2017, 05:25:25 PM »
Jay, just recently came accross this thread. Where's the link for the list sign up ?

Ok, need to tell you that your covers look fantastic !
Really like the screw in breather and oil fill.

I have a new 428FE engine for my427 Cobra and these will be great.

Is the price still $300 ?
I know depending on what it is, but how much for custom engraving ?  Should be,...THE SHOPinc.



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« Reply #64 on: October 13, 2017, 06:27:22 PM »
Thanks, glad you like them.  Email me (jayb@fepower.net) and I'll put you on the list.  Not sure yet on the price, I was targeting $269 for the plain pair but that might have to go up because I think the new owners of the foundry will be raising the price of the castings.   I don't know for sure yet on that. If you want caps and breathers they will be extra, caps $18 each and caps with the breathers built in $35 each.  Custom engraving cost will vary, but for lettering I will charge $60 per pair to engrave what you want.
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #65 on: February 05, 2018, 08:19:52 AM »
I haven't seen anything on the valve covers for some time.  Is there an update   Thanks
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« Reply #66 on: February 05, 2018, 10:22:20 AM »
Here is the update.  Not sure how much you have seen mentioned here on the forum, but the day before Thanksgiving I just got the first batch of prototypes that looked good.  In fact I've already delivered a couple sets to some people on the list.  After I confirmed that the valve covers machined properly I put my production order into the foundry at the beginning of December.  The first date I got was delivery on January 22.  They missed that date, though, and are now saying that the valve cover castings will be ready by February 15.  That is where we are currently at.

Assuming I can get the valve covers on the 15th, it will take me some time to go through the first machining operations before I can start delivering.  So, I am figuring early March when I can start shipping more of them. 

Once I have the production batch of castings here, everyone on my list will get an email showing the options available for the valve covers, and pricing.  So, watch for that email, sometime in the next couple weeks - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #67 on: February 05, 2018, 03:08:41 PM »
Sounds good Jay. Have you had a chance to play with the "see through top" valve covers on the dyno yet? The newer option for your cast valve covers?

I know you made a few of the earlier clear valve covers that you vacuum molded in your machine, any chance you might produce these anytime in the future also? Thanks.
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« Reply #68 on: February 05, 2018, 05:27:47 PM »
In fact I did get one of my see through top valve covers test fit on my last dyno mule.  However, a couple of my Erson rockers nicked the clear plastic cover, so I need more clearance, Clarence (sorry, got roped into watching Airplane a couple nights ago  ;D ;D).  So I will have to try to redesign those to make the covers higher; problem there is that I kind of run out of room to put an O-ring in the aluminum if I make them any higher.  One of those things I'm going to have to experiment with.

On the vacuum formed covers, I did run them all last summer on my 68 Mustang with good results; the polycarbonate didn't crack, warp, or discolor from the underhood temperatures.  However, they leaked past the breathers, since I didn't have a baffle of any sort built into them.  Also, I recently found out that those covers won't clear the new Comp Cams rocker setup.  So, right now I'm a little undecided on how to proceed with those.  I could go ahead and build a baffle into the existing design and sell them as-is, with the caveat that they certainly won't fit all rocker setups, or I could re-vamp the design to try to give more clearance.  With everything else I have going on they have kind of dropped down the priority list.  Maybe after the FE Reunion I will try to get them finished up...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #69 on: February 14, 2018, 03:56:45 PM »
Do you have a set ready to go now?
If so, how hard to get baffles put in?

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« Reply #70 on: February 14, 2018, 08:06:23 PM »
I don't, I think adding the baffles is going to require a different aluminum piece for the cap to screw into, with some holes on the backside for adding a baffle.  I'm going to try to get a test cover together so that when spring comes I can try it on the car...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #71 on: February 15, 2018, 09:48:46 PM »
Would the baffle be clear plastic as well?

Thanks

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« Reply #72 on: February 15, 2018, 10:53:06 PM »
Yes, a clear baffle is the plan.  Otherwise, it would kind of defeat the purpose of the clear valve covers LOL!
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #73 on: February 21, 2018, 12:05:49 PM »
Just checked my email, think I’m #13, luckyme!
Pics look great Jay

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« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2018, 11:49:29 AM »
I have just been informed by the foundry of yet ANOTHER delay on these valve covers >:( >:( >:(  This time, the sand cores that are used to form the outside shape of the valve covers were not manufactured properly by the core supplier.  The foundry is waiting for a new schedule from the core supplier, and I will post an updated schedule for their availability as soon as I have it.  Once again I apologize profusely for the continued delay with these valve covers, but unfortunately there is nothing I can do to accelerate things except to complain to the foundry and the core supplier.  Thanks for everyone's patience on this  ::)
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2018, 09:25:22 PM »
Thanks for the update, Jay. This is a glimpse as to why "target dates" are often pushed back, and why peoples anger is sometimes misplaced.
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« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2018, 11:15:32 PM »
What's cool is that Jay tells us what's going on instead of a snow job.
Wish more people operated that way.
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« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2018, 09:34:17 AM »
These continued delays are a perfect example of why I hate to take money up front from people; I'd be tearing my hair out if I had a bunch of deposits from well-meaning folks, only to be continually putting them off.  Its bad enough as it is... :(
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #78 on: March 18, 2018, 03:13:21 PM »
Jay,
Can I get in line for a set?

Thank you,
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« Reply #79 on: April 12, 2018, 09:15:07 PM »
Jay,
I seen that time warp is #34 , not that I'm whining, but I have that I'm 34, or with the test fit due to my booster does that bump me off till we know? I'm not complaining or upset,  just curious to know where I fall is all!! Thanks for the updates!

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« Reply #80 on: April 14, 2018, 10:27:01 AM »
Sent you a PM - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #81 on: April 25, 2018, 03:02:37 AM »
Hi Jay,
Any update on valve covers?

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« Reply #82 on: April 25, 2018, 09:35:42 AM »
The foundry is promising my first production batch by May 15 now.  Keeping my fingers crossed...
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #83 on: April 25, 2018, 06:00:40 PM »
The foundry is promising my first production batch by May 15 now.  Keeping my fingers crossed...

Nice! how large is the first batch going to be?

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« Reply #84 on: April 25, 2018, 06:41:34 PM »
The foundry is promising my first production batch by May 15 now.  Keeping my fingers crossed...

Nice! how large is the first batch going to be?

Jay says 100 castings.
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« Reply #85 on: April 26, 2018, 02:18:36 AM »
The foundry is promising my first production batch by May 15 now.  Keeping my fingers crossed...

Nice! how large is the first batch going to be?

Jay says 100 castings.

Thanks for info! Excited to get my pair . .

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« Reply #86 on: May 03, 2018, 02:39:14 PM »
Nice!! That is good news, I think we all have our fingers crossed. 

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« Reply #87 on: May 16, 2018, 09:24:03 PM »
Hi Jay any update on the valve covers?   thanks
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« Reply #88 on: May 16, 2018, 10:05:21 PM »
Another delay, hopefully a minor one.  The foundry emailed me today to say the schedule for pouring the valve covers has been pushed back about a week.  They are planning on pouring them early next week.
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #89 on: May 26, 2018, 07:19:27 PM »
Did the foundry come thru on covers?

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« Reply #90 on: May 26, 2018, 09:32:04 PM »
Nope, no contact this week.  I will call them Tuesday...
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #91 on: May 29, 2018, 09:28:01 PM »
Today I spoke with the technical people at the foundry and apparently the delay in casting the valve covers is due to problems with their sand.  The casting sand has to have a certain consistency and moisture and clay content in order to hold together properly during the casting process, and they are having problems with the mix.  They sound a little exasperated by the problem; they apparently have had their sand supplier in to help them solve it.  They would not give me a revised delivery date for the castings, so I'm just going to have to check with them week by week to see when they will have the castings done.  They are urgently working the problem because it is affecting all their products, not just mine, so hopefully it won't be too long.  Just another delay.. :(
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #92 on: May 30, 2018, 08:43:08 AM »
Many types and specifications of sand- mason sand for masonry use, utility sand (insert PG&E or your local provider) for bedding and backfilling underground conduits, fill sand, a little chunky for general construction fill etc. Clay content is touchy, it helps as a binder to hold the sand in shape, but it is also highly expansive, so too little and the sand won't hold shape, too much and it expands when wet and shrinks as it dries- a fine line to walk

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« Reply #93 on: June 06, 2018, 02:06:50 PM »
Jay, I'm just now realizing that the Blue Thunder valve covers I was planning to buy for my new build are not readily available.  Can you add me to your list?  I'd even take a blem set as I'll be powder coating them.

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« Reply #94 on: June 06, 2018, 02:31:25 PM »
Chris, I sent you a PM - Jay
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #95 on: July 31, 2018, 05:29:10 PM »
Finally! 



I picked up the first 100 castings yesterday afternoon.  They look really, really nice, apparently my insistence on a good surface finish for the valve covers finally paid off.  There are also another 80 castings at the foundry, which will be ready for me within a couple weeks.  So, it looks like I've finally got plenty of these valve covers to go around.

If you are on my list for a set and I have your email address, you will be getting an email later this evening with a copy of a document that explains the options that are available for ordering the valve covers.  If for some reason you don't get the email, the document is also available at the link below:

http://fepower.net/Products/fevc.html

I would expect to start delivering these to people on the list in 2-3 weeks.  I'm estimating that I can deliver 4 to 5 sets per week, so if you know your number you can get an idea of how long it will be before yours are available.

Also, for anyone on the list who has changed their mind or gone on to a different set of valve covers, I understand completely and would appreciate it if you would let me know.  This project has taken a painfully long time and I'm sure some folks just haven't wanted to wait this long.  No harm done, I didn't want to wait this long either LOL!

Finally, if you are not on the list but would like to get in line for a set, email me your name at jayb@fepower.net, and I'll put you down for a set.  Thanks, Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #96 on: July 31, 2018, 08:49:21 PM »
Awesome Jay, awesome.
Is the cost as projected ?
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« Reply #97 on: July 31, 2018, 08:50:54 PM »
YES!!! So now gonna dig through emails and find that number!!! I got the email, wow that is a lot of options!!  Very cool.  Will be running on a mild 390 and thinking of vented.  Since I’m a newbie any advice on pros and cons.

Will get that filled out and too you soon
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« Reply #98 on: July 31, 2018, 09:14:11 PM »
Will the clear top option be available Jay? You had a proto type of that which looked real interesting, machined flat on top and o'ring under the plexi or ploy, whatever it is. did you get a chance to run it on the dyno or maybe your Mustang? I didn't see it on your order link, lots of other options though, pretty cool.
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« Reply #99 on: July 31, 2018, 10:12:17 PM »
Cool pic Jay! Could be captioned ala' the old Holman-Moody stack of SOHC's!  8)
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« Reply #100 on: July 31, 2018, 10:22:19 PM »
Will the clear top option be available Jay? You had a proto type of that which looked real interesting, machined flat on top and o'ring under the plexi or ploy, whatever it is. did you get a chance to run it on the dyno or maybe your Mustang? I didn't see it on your order link, lots of other options though, pretty cool.

I tested that clear flat top cover on the dyno and the plexiglas actually hit the adjusters of the Erson rockers that were on the engine.  So I need more clearance.  What this means is that I'm going to have to revamp that design to cut the top of the valve covers down less, and if I do I may not be able to fit an O-ring groove in the material that's left, because it gets a little thinner as you move towards the top of the valve cover.  Bottom line is that I'm not planning on doing the clear flat top version at this point, although that may change once I deliver some of these castings and some R&D time frees up.  Right now I can't justify taking the CNC offline to do the development of the new design for the clear flat top cover.  Sorry Thor, maybe in a few months...
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #101 on: August 01, 2018, 12:33:54 AM »
Finally! 



I picked up the first 100 castings yesterday afternoon.  They look really, really nice, apparently my insistence on a good surface finish for the valve covers finally paid off.  There are also another 80 castings at the foundry, which will be ready for me within a couple weeks.  So, it looks like I've finally got plenty of these valve covers to go around.

If you are on my list for a set and I have your email address, you will be getting an email later this evening with a copy of a document that explains the options that are available for ordering the valve covers.  If for some reason you don't get the email, the document is also available at the link below:

http://fepower.net/Products/fevc.html

I would expect to start delivering these to people on the list in 2-3 weeks.  I'm estimating that I can deliver 4 to 5 sets per week, so if you know your number you can get an idea of how long it will be before yours are available.

Also, for anyone on the list who has changed their mind or gone on to a different set of valve covers, I understand completely and would appreciate it if you would let me know.  This project has taken a painfully long time and I'm sure some folks just haven't wanted to wait this long.  No harm done, I didn't want to wait this long either LOL!

Finally, if you are not on the list but would like to get in line for a set, email me your name at jayb@fepower.net, and I'll put you down for a set.  Thanks, Jay

Jay, I replied to the email sent. 17004 Raised Mercury Script

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« Reply #102 on: August 02, 2018, 06:22:33 AM »
how tall are they again without going thru the whole thread? I have pentroofs on my engine and they clear but close,, anything taller and they wont fit
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« Reply #103 on: August 29, 2018, 10:36:53 PM »
Any pics of the ones going out?  Different variations or script. 

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« Reply #104 on: September 03, 2018, 05:33:09 PM »
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with this thread, been extremely, extremely busy with a variety of projects.  I will try to answer questions below:

- Pricing is in the ordering instructions that you were emailed if you were on my list, otherwise you can download those instructions from the link above.

- On height, the sheet metal Ford pentroofs that I have here measure 4.75" from the gasket sealing surface to the top of the cover.  The Cobra LeMans covers are taller, measure 4.965".  My covers are about the same as that, just a little shorter at 4.945".  However, there is room for me to machine about 0.200" off the top of my covers, if space is an issue.

- Here is a picture of a few that are going out this week; these are all engraved versions, but some of the plain versions will also be shipped:

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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #105 on: September 03, 2018, 05:55:10 PM »
Wow, those all look very cool with the script motif.  :)
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« Reply #106 on: September 03, 2018, 07:51:13 PM »
Very nice any examples of Cobra Jet lettering?

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« Reply #107 on: September 03, 2018, 08:01:12 PM »
I haven't got a program to do Cobra Jet lettering, but I could potentially do one.  What did you have in mind?  The lettering like what is on the cast aluminum valve covers, or something else?  With or without the snake?
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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« Reply #108 on: September 03, 2018, 08:43:51 PM »
With the snake if its not to expensive maybe script like the Mercury valve cover,

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« Reply #109 on: September 03, 2018, 08:53:52 PM »
Harry, if I did it I would probably want to duplicate the block lettering that is on the factory valve covers, rather than trying to create script lettering from scratch.  There's a lot of detail in that snake, would take some CNC time, kind of like the 427 Bird that I do.  My guess is the cost adder would be $125.  If you are interested at that I will try to find a factory cover with the snake and see what would be involved.
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #110 on: September 03, 2018, 11:08:08 PM »
That's a little steep maybe pass on the snake and stick with the lettering

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« Reply #111 on: September 05, 2018, 04:46:28 AM »
Jay, imagine my surprise to see a picture of a tunnel port valve cover among several others! And then get a phone call and an email. Very sharp! I`ll be in contact, Garry

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« Reply #112 on: September 05, 2018, 12:23:13 PM »
Just noticed the engraved 427 eagles on your valve covers, I love my plain Jane chrome baldies
that are on my car now (for the original look). But boy are they beautiful. Can’t really tell but are they the same size as the eagles that come on the baldies.

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« Reply #113 on: September 05, 2018, 04:43:38 PM »
I don't know how big the ones on the baldies are, but mine are about 5-1/8" wingtip to wingtip, and 2-1/8" top to bottom.
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #114 on: September 05, 2018, 04:51:36 PM »



How much for you to send a custom set to Brent that say "Puppet Motorsports"   ?


Seriously, these are awesome...  They are just like the ones I have from BT, closed covers, long bolts.
I'd like to put up an ad on the FE Fanatics Garage sale page, if you don't mind.

If you do, let me know and I'll take it down.

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« Reply #115 on: September 05, 2018, 10:05:58 PM »
Drew, that would be fine, but please note that I have to deliver the valve covers to the people who are already on my list first.  New orders would probably take 5-6 weeks from now before I could fill them.
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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« Reply #116 on: September 05, 2018, 10:39:27 PM »
Alright... hopefully it gets some folks headed your way.  Getting you sold out of these quickly will maybe get you casting some Baldie covers next :P

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« Reply #117 on: September 06, 2018, 09:07:07 AM »
Dang, those are pretty cool Jay.

I run a set of Cal Customs on my wagon and black car.  They seem to clear all the Dove end stands without issue since they are big boxy covers.  Do these clear big end supports?  Was talking with Garry last night and got me to thinking I might like a set engraved with Battlestar Galactic on them??   Hmmm?

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #118 on: September 06, 2018, 02:02:35 PM »
I had my friend Kevin bring over his Dove end stand setup when I was in the design phase of the valve covers.  I 3D printed one of the covers, and found that it didn't fit over the Dove end stands.  So, I redesigned the ends of the valve cover and 3D printed another copy, and then it fit.  So I think my valve covers will clear the Dove end stands, and in fact I don't know of any valvetrain setup that they won't clear.  I haven't tried them on the new Comp Cams setup though...

I could easily do "Battlestar Galactic" on your valve covers, Larry.  I could use some normal text font, or if you have a picture file showing the lettering on the side of the car, I can trace it to make the valve cover engraving look the same as the lettering on the car.  Let me know if you want to get on the list - Jay
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #119 on: September 06, 2018, 09:01:12 PM »
Jay, can you do the cobra jet emblem?

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #120 on: September 07, 2018, 02:05:34 PM »
Yep, I could do that one, but all those narrow curves would take some CNC time, so that would be a $125 adder for the pair of valve covers to get that engraved.
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #121 on: September 07, 2018, 09:58:46 PM »
Better be careful with the cobra snake design on your valve covers.  There may be a trademark issue, or Shelby/Ford issue.  Just trying to keep the monies coming in, not going out in a lawsuit.  Joe-JDC
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #122 on: September 10, 2018, 08:22:31 PM »
I’ve been working the graveyard shift for 14 days straight, averaging 17-18 hours a day.
This far into my shift I start getting really grumpy and worn out.
So “ this morning “ when I opened my front door to go to work at 1:30pm, I was elated to see a big and satisfyingly heavy box from Jay on my front porch!
In an effort to keep my spirits up through the night, I elected not to open it. That way I have something to look forwafd to when I get home.
Thanks Jay.

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #123 on: September 11, 2018, 08:15:52 PM »
Joey, I sure hope you like them - Jay
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #124 on: September 27, 2018, 10:35:02 AM »
I got my valve covers last night they look great.  Nice job machining the breather grommets also. Now I can hook up my Milodon Vac-U-Pan system.
                   Thanks Jay
                       Harry

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #125 on: September 27, 2018, 02:49:10 PM »
Glad you like them Harry!
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #126 on: September 27, 2018, 09:15:42 PM »
what number are you on now Jay ? just keeping an eye out for when I need to send you money .

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #127 on: September 28, 2018, 10:38:10 AM »
I should be machining yours second or third week in October.  Do you know what style you want?  I have you on my list, but don't have the part number you want yet...
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #128 on: September 28, 2018, 03:52:42 PM »
17001R valve covers  thanks Jay

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #129 on: October 03, 2018, 05:07:17 AM »
Jay, got the covers yesterday. Gotta say these are trick! Can`t wait to get the engine assembled to see how they look on it. Many thanks Garry

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #130 on: October 13, 2018, 12:37:29 AM »
Received my valve covers as well.  Now I just need the engine done, and the car that it goes into done as well.  This is my motivation! 8)

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #131 on: October 18, 2018, 11:46:40 PM »
Jay: what would it take to "center" the Mercury script and Lightning bolts without the breathers for those of us who have fill tube intakes?

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #132 on: October 19, 2018, 09:54:09 PM »
That's no problem Richard, I can move the Mercury script to the center of the valve cover if you want it there - Jay
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #133 on: October 27, 2018, 08:32:43 AM »
Jay, I thought I would post a picture of my new covers. What do you think? Should look good on the new motor.

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #134 on: October 27, 2018, 09:30:27 AM »
Wow!  They look great Gary, the red paint really makes that Tunnel Port script pop!
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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #135 on: October 27, 2018, 01:06:53 PM »
Jay. When you have the time can you meassure how wide  the flat area
where the tunnelport script is. Or actually how high if you look at the script
the right way....

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #136 on: October 28, 2018, 09:43:35 AM »
There's about a width of 2.25" on that flat area, but I can't use it all because of the fixturing I use when machining the letters in the valve cover.  About 1.75" in height is about as tall as I can go.  Gary's letters are about 1.5" tall if I recall correctly...
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- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #137 on: October 28, 2018, 12:48:04 PM »
Jay, your right 1.5 tall, the flat area is 2.25 to the curve.  Garry

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #138 on: October 28, 2018, 02:02:03 PM »
Thank you. Not wide enough for what i had in mind

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #139 on: November 08, 2018, 07:19:49 PM »
got my valve covers in , they look nice and ups did not break them , a little good in the middle of all this mess from MICHAEL ,  thanks Jay . just trying to support the folks that support the FE nuts .

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #140 on: November 10, 2018, 09:32:16 AM »
Thanks Ronnie, and good luck on the recovery; was very sorry to hear about the damage to your Shelby. 

Here's a picture of a valve cover that I had polished by Andy Tants, in case anyone is interested in having that done:

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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #141 on: November 11, 2018, 02:01:40 PM »
That is a good looking polish!