: Northstar Main Studs-
11-14-11, 02:47 PM
I don't have a lot of time right now to post full details of availability but here's a quick image of the stud kit that both SpeedyGMan and Ternstes are getting for their Northstar builds. Grady's is done and on the way to him-
These are made from hardened stainless steel, threads are rolled. The threads are better quality than that of the OEM bolts. I noticed on many of the OEM bolts the threads are a bit inconsistent and the thread crests are not as pointy as they should be.
Grady, please post pics of your main stud install. These are straight as an arrow, the two halves of the block should slide together with no issues.
Once everything else is caught up at both Ontario and Manitoba shops, I will make sure some sets are produced and available for delivery.
Note the one stud is longer than the rest, that's to accomodate the oil pick-up tube.
11-14-11, 02:51 PM
These are CNC machined.
My goof, the 12th stud from the left is upside down in the photo. The long threads are for the oil pickup tube.
11-14-11, 03:04 PM
Looking good, Jake! Did you by chance get mine shipped out as well?
Are the torque specs on the nuts the same as the factory bolts?
11-14-11, 04:09 PM
If my engine wasn't already re-sealed id've purchased a set too with my Stud kit (but that was a year ago). Awesome work Jake!
11-14-11, 10:42 PM
Torque specs are 45 ft. lbs. on the nuts, studs set in loose (finger tight technically). Tim, I'll email or call you real soon regarding ship status.
I've made some mistakes in this business and one was not having that CNC turning center long ago. Two months ago I knew nothing about G-Code or CNC programming. With the only resources and training being the internet and many hours of practice, I'm no expert by any means but I'm now able to make the parts that I need with the accuracy and precision that I've never been able to get from my suppliers.
Against all odds, and even with the ill-wishes of a few people (this morning I got a call and someone had mentioned something about coming to Manitoba and putting a bullet through my head because his stud kit hasn't arrived 6 days after the order was placed, last Tuesday), my business is still afloat and it will survive and prosper as long as I treat people well and they have a bit of understanding for what I've had to deal with.
For a short time; that CNC is going on hiatus.
A few reasons.
#1 it was 30 degrees F in the shop this morning. I need to insulate.
#2 I have customers to look after in Ontario; and it's high time I do so.
#3 for a short time; the stud kits will be off the market.
Now I have the ability; at any given time, to turn that lathe on and start mass producing parts again. But for right now priority #1 is going to be given to re-establishing Northstar Performance as the best repair shop around for the notorious HG issue. I'm earning far more money fixing the cars and the stud kits haven't turned a profit since early this year. Overhead; employee paychecks; supplier debt; killed the profits. Despite the negativity, the problems, the hardship and headaches I'm still able to ship kits. Right now I'm going to choose not to.
Over the next month or so; I'll be in Ontario doing my job. Manitoba will still be the head office taking calls and scheduling vehicles. The shop in Ontario is re-opening full time. I'm going to be purchasing a second CNC turning center; probably a sub-spindle system.
I know taking the kits off the market will leave a void for now but I assure you; the kit will be available again soon. I need to make this drastic move for the survival of my little business. If your project can wait about 3-4 weeks I will make very sure you will still get a stud kit. I will leave no man behind.
In about a month or so I will be back with the stud kits; stronger than ever before and with production speed and a decent amount of stock on the shelf that I've never had before.
I do need to invest in more tooling for my CNC lathe. Carbide drills with coolant that passes through the tip, is one of them. Drill bits are wearing out way to quick (even good ones) so it's time to get the best.
I'm here for you all. Brooklynn will always answer calls 8am-5pm central and my cell is still 226-377-0126- I'd just appreciate calls or texts during normal work hours- and if I don't answer I apologize, work needs to get done, please refer to Brooklynn at that point.
Thank you :)
11-14-11, 10:59 PM
I don't own a N*, but I enjoy seeing your positive posts. Glad to see someone out there turning a profit with a successful invention that solves a common problem.
It's how business should be. :thumbsup:
11-15-11, 01:23 AM
You are the main STUD of the North Country, thanks so much for getting the studs done. I will post pictures when installed.
11-15-11, 05:53 AM
Jake, no worries! Speedygman deserves that first set of studs for that monster engine of his. My 99 STS project is still a month away anyway so do what you have to and take care of yourself first!
11-15-11, 01:35 PM
Jake, just emailed Tim with the link to this thread, id love to have my replacement engine studded top and bottom.
11-17-11, 10:07 PM
Thanks all. Grady I'll talk to you soon regarding the emails- just on the road right now.
The CNC lathe kind of drained the finances so i couldn't get the shop insulated and heated on time for the cold season. I will be working in Ontario until the shop in Manitoba is insulated and heated. Who would have thought a place that routinely had over 100 degrees this past summer - blistering hot- could get so cold so quick.
I'll keep everyone posted.
11-18-11, 12:21 AM
Keep warm and toasty, I will be waiting to hear from you when you have time, I know you are running wide open again. Thanks for all you do for the Cadillac Northstar folks.
11-18-11, 01:01 AM
Yep. Take your time to get ready for everything and I will be the proud customer for the all new studs/main bolts. My 99 needs total care. :)
11-21-11, 08:45 PM
Received the main studs and nuts today, they look totally perfect. The threads are so smooth when I tested the nits on them. Great work.