Time to wish Matt Cox success for the cumination of about 11 years of aluminum headed smarts!
Its a little more than 11 years since the first Aluminum heads made it to Mesa, Arizona, and then got rolled out in MustangGeezers 66 Stang, Does10s Falcon turbo and then got "6i" previewes at CopperState Mustang Club show on Saturday October 21st 2006.
Remember, before then, there were around 70 iron 2V 250 Falcon heads that made it to the USA
a little 2006 AzCoupe development blurb.. a star studded cast of Engineers and pattern making brought us the little six in line head.
Hogan did the 2v to 4v intake manifolds,
Elmo from GM the wet and dry flow port design,
Joe Mondello had a look at the flow balance and some porting since the stock 2v 250 ports are way to big anyway, and Mike then got the head casting outsourced to a cheaper base to do the production runs for the USA. Making them in Australia wasn't a feasible long term plan given the costs.
AzCoupe wrote:The design engineer did a great job on his part, but just to be safe, we sent the port and chamber designs to a porting expert for his opinions. Then, when we were at the PRI show, we ran into Mr Mondello. When we told him what we were up to, his eyes lit up and he asked if he could be of any assistance. So to make a long story short, he too will be taking a peak at the new design and will be running wet and dry flow test on the first prototype when completed. He even went so far as to offer us his personal services when we are ready.
The pattern work began in earnest last week and we hope to have five prototypes ready about mid May. If all the testing goes well and no modifications are required, we should have the first batch of heads somewhere between mid June to mid July.
We also hired an expert in intake designs. His experience includes intakes for Edlebrock, Offy, Magnuson, and others. Right now, he is doing some basic work, but the biggest part won't happen until one of the prototypes are sent to him. But producing the intake patterns and match plates is realatively quick and simply in comparison and shouldn't hold back the first production run.
Still no final cost, but we are sure it will be aceptable. Somewhere between $1000-$1500, but much depends on what happens over the next couple of months (as so well explained by Addo).
Yes, we will be offering numerous intake options. Including a 2V and 4V (Holley), 3x2V (Webber), and an intake suitable for a Magnuson blower. All intakes will have injector bungs, and compatability for turbo boost (except the blower intake of course). We (DOES10) has already designed the turbo header, which fits the US log heads, the OZ cast heads, and the new FSPP aluminum head. But he is still doing some minor refinements to make sure its what we want before sending it off for a production run.
SI Valves has agreed to supply the valves and valve train components, even if custom pieces are required. So we can specify precisely what we want rather than chossing a shelf parts and making them work. Jessel and Harland Sharp have both offered to work with us on a new rocker designs, if needed. Jessel is also going to assist us in suppling the parts needed to run roller cams and Clay Smith Cams will be designing new cam profiles (including the roller cams) suited specifically for the new head and various intake options.
The quick, causual observer just sees a very big six cylinder.
Then they see a weird triple throttle body intake.
Then an alloy head,
Then a kick ass ignition,
Then, oh lordy, a freekin big turbo hangin off the thing.
That's funny, and pretty accurate. Most would walk up, saying
"OH, an inline six".
Then comment on the triple TBI.
Then say "Oh S*^&*, its turbo charged too.
Most didn't notice the alloy head, until they read the spec sheet.
That was the best part, and you always knew when they got to the projected numbers, because the eyebrows lifted up everytime. Most were in shock, and had a difficult time thinking it was just a LITTLE FORD SIX
The guys that came back for seconds, would point out all the details to their friends. Most stood over the motor for several minutes, just shaking their heads in disbelief. Even the hard core guys.
A lot of them comment on how nicely it fills up the engine bay. The DUI plays a big part on that and looks very much at home. Whereas, a stock dizzy would look sick and lonely, in comparrison. I'm thinking about switching to a red cap, as it would set it off nicely and add just a hint more of the red already present.
I'm sure Mike W would be proud.
Well done Matt, Vintage Inlines, and the team lead by Perry and his moderators, who have ensured this Ford I-6 revolution to continue!