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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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- 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 #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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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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- 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 #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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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
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 #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.
9.70@143.12 3543# 487 HR FE Jerico 4 speed 68 Cougar XR7 GT street legal, stock(er) suspension, 10.5 tires

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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...
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 #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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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...
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 #71 on: February 15, 2018, 09:48:46 PM »
Would the baffle be clear plastic as well?

Thanks

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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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!
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 #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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Re: FE Power Cast Aluminum Valve Covers
« 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  ::)
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