Hi all, I'm posting this for Roland. He is now a member of the 62-65 Mopar mail list and will himself post future updates. Thanks, Gary H. > > -------Original Message------- > > From: Roland Osborne ... > > To briefly recap, Tuesday we hit the ground running, porting and > > ‘cleaning’ 15 manifolds, prepped and ready for the wheelabrator > > (shot peen)… (Javier did a 4 year porting apprenticeship with Joe > > Mondello!)… > > > > Wednesday was my birthday and we finished off the 15 and shipped to > > wheelabrator then went to the beach for dinner… > > > > Thursday we loaded 16 manifolds back from wheelabrator, had breakfast with > > Marty and then headed to ‘the Valley’ to the machine > > shop… We’ve really hit a home run guys… Javier is > > ‘the king’ in this industry with customers like Enderle, > > Donovan, Stage V, Shelby, Arias, Chrysler Power, BDS and on and on… > > The machine shop was doing Arias and Donovan Hemi heads when we pulled > > up… From there we went by our old NHOA first warehouse shop in Reseda > > and did videos of our corner where The Balance Shop, Hogans Heads, Jim > > Shewbert/Ed Pink all started life with us… See them (like and share) > > on our Chrysler Power fb page… Then we sat in traffic on the way > > back;o(… Schlepping parts to the machine shop 35 miles away is a full > > day project!… > > > > Yesterday we took my primary laptop to the Geek Squad to save from total > > crash-the entire next issue of the magazine is on there… We shopped > > shipping boxes for the manifolds and valve covers and finally got the best > > service from our local Staples (same parking lot as Best Buy)… we > > ordered 50 boxes and enough bubble wrap to wrap Marty’s BFG HemiCuda > > 5 times! From there we went to the bolt place and got a supply of bolts > > for the first 20 manifolds-we finally settled on a black anodized/oiled > > socket head-much like the ARP we REALLY like and also ordered hex stock > > which will have to go with the bolt kit… We’ll cut the hex > > stock to length so the manifold installer will have everything he needs to > > successfully install the manifold… for as most of us know, the water > > passages on the first 15 don’t allow much room for a drive socket let > > alone the bolt… The hex stock WILL fit as its smaller than the bolt > > and can be driven by a simple six point 7/16-3/8 socket… Even with > > the new improved water passages I believe that this install system will > > continue to be ideal… Also ordered a batch of intake and valve cover > > gaskets from Rocky as these guys MUST use our gaskets and bolts to be > > successful… > > > > After all our shopping, Javier and I played with the valve cover > > install… Those rubber gaskets suck and while a lot more expensive, > > the cork composite gaskets are the ticket… I also believe we should > > provide a stud kit for the valve covers for easy install-the covers are > > taller so the stock bolts won’t work and trying to find the hole > > while holding the cover with gasket in place is rather frustrating… I > > also think we need a third (center) hole drill and tap kit with > > instructions… > > > > And the coup de gras was when the machine shop guy (very sharp) asked if > > we’d installed any of these manifolds and I said I guess I > > din’t think so and Javier confirmed that no one has installed one on > > a motor that has head gaskets and with our intake gaskets… I thought > > this sure is a Rube Goldberg operation… so before the machine shop > > final machines the 16 we delivered, we’ve got to make a day trip back > > to the Vallery, pick up the only other finished sample-(Gary has the first > > one)-also the completed valve cover samples, and install them on the motor > > Javier has here after we install a set of head gaskets… Then > > we’ll know most assuredly we’ve got a product of the highest > > caliber!!! > > > > And Bruce, bless his heart, has rallied to get a running Poly motor and > > install a manifold on it to verify that it not only fits, but it RUNS and > > RUNS EXTREMELY WELL!!! > > > > Its Saturday morning at 7:30 and the foundry is pouring 7 more manifolds, > > 12 of the huge Enderle top fuel bird (pterodactyl) catchers, 4 of > > Dave’s new Hemi blocks and more!!! > > > > Stay tuned! More to come! > > > > We’re planning a ‘coming out’ party in about 2 weeks for > > anyone who would like to join us in CA… > > > > Thanks, > > > > Roland -- -- -- Please address private email -- email of interest to only one person -- directly to that person. That is, email your parts/car transactions and negotiations, as well as other personal messages, only to the intended recipient. Do not just press "reply" and send your email to everyone using the general '62-'65 Clubhouse public email address. This practice will protect your privacy, reduce the total volume of mail and fine-tune the content signal to Mopar topic. 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