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Aluminum Head Question Answers

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    (1) It has been said that aluminum heads takes heat away from the
    chamber but you can run about half a point more compression. Will this
    half point more than make up for heat loss as far as power?


    YES


    (2) Will these heads be a modern design so that they will produce more
    power (more flow, velocity, etc.) so we can expect maximum power from
    them?


    YES


    (3) Could these heads be made with built in adapters or altered angle
    to be able to use Mopar or Chevy type intakes where the ports already
    line up with the Stude ports that would give us a variety of intakes to
    choose from?


    YES BUT WON'T. WILL USE MANIFOLD I MAKE.


    (4) On the intakes, will they be sheet metal or aluminum type and will
    they be latest designs to be a big improvement over our stock Stude
    intakes?


    CAST ALUMINUM AND YES


    (5) Are aluminum heads prone to gasket failure at signs of
    overheating?


    NO, PLENTY OF HEAD BOLTS ON A STUDE


    (6) I'm looking for better fuel mileage. Will these heads contribute
    to that or just better performance?


    NO


    (7) Will we be able to still use Stude valves, guides, seats, etc.?


    WILL COME WITH NEW SEATS AND GUIDES. WILL HAVE TO USE A NEW VALVE


    (8) Would there be an advantage to using reverse flow cooling to go
    higher on compression?


    YES


    (9) Will the intakes be about the same height so they will fit under
    the hood of the Hawks (not much room with the stock intake)?


    WILL DO MY BEST


    (10) (Mr. Bradshaw, this is my question. Ted) What do you need in
    order to get this started assuming we have 25 commitments? (10%, 50%,
    etc. down?)


    NOTHING TIL I GET A CASTING. THEN 50% AND THE BALANCE WHEN WE SHIP.
    WE WILL TRY TO KEEP SOME IN STOCK AFTER THAT.


    I also talked to Mr. Bradshaw on the phone about any changes making it
    possible for two different customers getting two slightly different
    heads. Specifically, I was asking about the center exhaust port and he
    said he thought he would be able to provide a head with stock type
    ports for the stock exhaust manifold and also, for a small increase,
    make the center port wider and split it so we could make a set of four
    tube headers.


    I also asked about using a stock intake and he said the stock intake
    will still bolt up to the new heads. He feels the new intake will be
    about $425. That sounded a little high to me but he pointed out there
    would be no further expense in getting adapters made and that the $200
    intakes in some of the wholesale catalogs are not good intakes. I can
    verify that from several years ago when I tried to use a popular
    Torquer II. It did not work as well as the stock intake. Also I just
    ordered an Edelbrock Victor intake for a Ford friend (part number 2965)
    and it was $310. Also, I believe the only aluminum intake we have
    available now is about $375.


    Altogether I only got about 10 people that sounded pretty definite on
    purchasing these. Now we need to decide if we have 25 people that
    would definitely commit. As you read above, no money down yet but we
    need to know for sure so please do not "commit" if you are not sure.


    Ted


  • #2
    Put me in for a set of heads and an intake.

    53commander HDTP
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    61 Cursed Purple Hawk
    64 Champ long bed V8
    64 GT
    64 Champ long bed V8
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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by Kdancy

      Put me in for a set of heads and an intake.

      Have you down Kerry.

      Thanks.

      Ted

      53commander HDTP
      53 Champion HDTP
      61 Cursed Purple Hawk
      64 Champ long bed V8
      64 GT

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Chicken Hawk


        More questions were asked on the Racing Group and I sent those to Mr. Bradshaw and here is his reply to those questions:

        1. .562+/- thick deck 5/8
        2. Spread center exhaust port OPTION
        3. Smaller exhaust bowl (for us unblown guys), with enough material to open it up for larger exhaust, as desired WILL BE OUR DESIGN, DON'T IF SMALLER OR NOT.
        4. Thicker intake and exhaust port walls (for later work) YES
        5. A manifold to head interface to match the Chrysler manifold NO
        6. No water between the intake and exhaust seat for at least .75" from the seat, up WE PUT .300 AROUND SEAT
        7. More effecient, smaller combustion chamber YES
        8. Spark plug aimed more toward the exhaust valve YES
        9. No exhaust heat crossover passage YES
        10. More current/efficent intake port design YES
        11. Make the valve guide boss in the exhaust port a little smaller NOT AS CAST
        12. Remove the "ski ramp" in the roof of the intake port, raise the entire port roof YES
        13. Design to be used with a more normal easy to get length valve (Chevy?) YES
        14. Raise the entire "working" portion of the head....(gain a better short turn radius on both valves) DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WILL WORK OUT.
        15. Boss's for currently available long bodied 1.7 shaft rockers YES, I THINK
        16. Spring pockets for modern easily available springs (like the semi-new, "ovate" conical spring) >>>> YES

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