What am I most Thankful for today? It might quite possibly be the same thing you are!
I'm happy to announce that all of the heads have had the deck-side CNC machined by the high school shop students of the SkillsUSA program in Winnett, Montana. The top sides, spark plug holes and threads, and stud bosses are being machined starting this week. This process will take less time than the initial one because the heads can now be easily located off the stud holes, whereas machining the gasket side required tedious indexing, especially in a learning environment, and where a single mistake was not an option! The heads will then travel from Winnett to Bozeman where the bottom will finish surfaced at our local machine shop, Engine Machine and Supply by our own Tony Smith. We sincerely hope the first of them will be shipped by the 7th of December.
I appreciate your patience. I realize from afar it seems like one excuse after another. It has unfortunately just been a very steep learning curve from start to finish – from unexpected problems with the patterns that required extensive (and expensive) modifications, to delays and communication issues with the foundry, to spooling up the high school students, as well as their instructor on their first HAAS CNC. That being said, we are very happy with the finished product, and the prototype is already up and running.
For those of you who pre-ordered, I will be sending out an email through PayPal to verify your shipping address soon.
I will have another batch of fifteen EDGY cast for next year, but I will not list them for sale until they are ready to ship!
Side covers will be available soon, and the EFI intake is being drafted by the pattern maker as we speak.
Again, my apologies and thank you for your patience!
We are very close! We test machined our first Gen II EDGY head. We're very pleased with the quality, accuracy, flatness, and density of the casting. Those measurements will now be used to make the CAD files to machine the remainder of the heads. Our goal of shipping by the end of this month still seems to be realistic. Again, our sincerest apologies for the delay. Fortunately the improvements we made to the patterns for the Gen II head will be worth the wait!
They're here! Hopefully, this will be my last apology for delays on your cylinder head! The heads arrived from the foundry at the end of last week. We will be machining a couple of both the 23 and 25" to finalize the CAD files and CC the combustion chambers and then the CNC machining can begin. Id all goes as planned, your head will be shipped soon! Again, thank you for your patience!
Cylinder head update.
Good morning, I have been diligently attempting to get a straight answer from the foundry regarding the shipment of my EDGY heads. Here is this mornings daily correspondence to the foundry:
"I must respond to some customer emails today. Please let me know if the heads were shipped Friday as promised and if not, when they will."
Theoretically, the heads shipped to us for machining last Friday. Unfortunately, this was the eighth straight week of being told the same thing. I am learning from friends that this is a "normal" problem with being a small fish customer but it is annoying for us all nonetheless.
If, for some reason the delay has caused you to no longer need the head, please let me know via email and I will refund your purchase.
I would love to be able to give you a definitive shipping date, but I can no longer believe the foundry when they say, "They'll be shipping this week." The fact that we will need four weeks to machine every head has not changed, nor has the fact that we are going to expedite those who have told us they need them ASAP.
I will personally respond to individual emails today as well.
My sincerest apologies, Pete
THE FOLLOWING IS VERBETIM FROM THE FOUNDRY AS OF 8/16/18
"Good morning the head came back from heat treat and I'm working on them now this is a bigger job then I thought but I'm working on them so I can get them out to you! After the welding of core prints I need to send them to shotblast and then I will be able to ship them To you! It's taking longer because after T4 they have to sit and stabilize for 48 hours then we have to go into T6 so it took longer than expected just as well but it is a process we must do for the longevity of the part. I'm hoping to have them all welded by Monday I will be working through the weekend so I can get them done I will send them to shot blast soon as I get them they'll be on their way I'm sorry for the delay and think you have any questions feel free to call."
Our sincerest apologies for the additional delay. We will expedite machining and shipping as soon as they arrive!
Good morning, I spoke with the foundry yesterday to get an update. The core prints (the openings in the side of the head where the rods suspend the core during casting) have been welded, and the heads are getting heat-treated this weekend. The heads will get shipped to Montana next week. Our machinist will be at Bonneville with us, so machining will begin on 8/18. I know a few of you are in a big hurry due to your machine shop's deadline, so send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if it is imperative that you receive yours ASAP. Don't be selfish if you can wait an extra week or two.
We received our first deposit for an EDGY 218/230 F-head today! One down, four to go to commit to production!
Casting has begun for the first run of 23" and 25" EDGY Gen II cylinder heads as well as 23" side covers! Due to the delays, we won't be able to machine them until after Bonneville Speedweek (see previous post). 23" heads are SOLD OUT and there are only FIVE 25" heads remaining. I have added a tab for pre-orders of the next batch of 23" heads, which will be shipped in December 2018. The tab for side covers will be added as soon as they have been inspected for quality.
EDGY CYLINDER HEAD SHIPPING UPDATE
Good morning! I have had a couple calls and email asking for an estimated shipping date on the cylinder heads.
As I have mentioned before, the single biggest delay in the process has been the fact that we unexpectedly decided to significantly improve the design of the heads. Once we received the patterns from Earl (EDGY), I flew to California to meet with the pattern maker to discuss his recommendations on how we could improve the design. Part of this process was sawing up two existing EDGY heads, as well as two stock factory heads to critically analyze their strengths and weaknesses. The pattern maker at the foundry suggested several improvements to the design of our Gen II design.
Understandably, but also not expected, this delayed the casting, but will result in a markedly improved end product.
I spoke with Javier at the foundry in California again this morning. As you may have heard, it has been extraordinarily hot in California. They even had to shut down the foundry for a few days over the past few weeks when the shop reached 139 degrees last week!
So, long story short is that we are still pushing hard for an end of July shipping date, but due to the fact that we will be at Bonneville about that time, I think mid-August shipping is more likely.
Sorry for any inconvenience. If this poses a problem for you, please let me know at email@example.com.
If you've been hesitating to order your 23" or 25" EDGY GEN II cylinder head, we suggest doing so very soon! There are only a few left and the next batch will not be available until late 2018.