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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #90 on: May 26, 2018, 09:32:04 PM »
Nope, no contact this week.  I will call them Tuesday...
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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 #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.. :(
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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Ah, sand...
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #94 on: June 06, 2018, 02:31:25 PM »
Chris, I 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
- 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 #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
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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« Reply #96 on: July 31, 2018, 08:49:21 PM »
Awesome Jay, awesome.
Is the cost as projected ?
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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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...
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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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:

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