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    Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Hope nobody minds if I post in here, I know this doesn't have a lot to do with a Northstar engine-

    But this is the new (to me) machine that is destined to make the parts for the stud kits, as well as other fasteners and parts too-

    A photo of the Miyano before I had it hooked up to power:


    Here's a photo of my two pride and joys- the mechanical Ward turret lathe and the Miyano CNC. I have them set up so that if I need to, I can run the manual machine while having the CNC in sight. The automatic can run on its own (with supervision) while some type of operation is being done on the manual:


    The front panels are off for cleaning. Some switches got damaged in transport so I'm replacing those right aways as well as a new keyboard for the Fanuc 0T control system-


    Here's the electronics in the back of the lathe. Note the loose wires, the servo drive for the live tool needs repair so it's getting shipped to Tennessee later. Live tooling is not required at the moment but I'm going to want that running soon too. Looks like fun if it ever blows a circuit right? Well a fuse blew already, had to temporarily jump it until the fuses I ordered come in. Nobody carries Daito MP fuses in stock..... Don't worry I jumped it with a "homemade" fuse. Welding wire ground down to act as a fuse.


    Here's the new wiring that runs this unit- moved the compressor into this panel as well. That's an American Rotary 25HP phase converter. Instant 3 phase power from single phase supply. Works great so far- clean 3 phase power. Yes I know the compressor says "Farm Hand". It's made by Campbell Hausfeld, it's a four cylinder, and it's tough. I've had one in Ontario for three years and with regular oil changes it has not dropped in CFM. This compressor has helped clean a lot of parts already. Rotary screw is the next type I want in the shop



    I know that right now I have a few people ready to wring my neck for being behind on orders (understandably). I cannot work without parts and I cannot wait any longer. This machine is going to make everything possible and put an end to the problems I've been having with both quality, availability, and delivery times of both engines and stud kits.

    The auto bar feeder is going to be set up next, and the parts catcher, to make the machining process 95% automated.

    Please hang in there everyone, I've done everything next to selling my own soul to set all this up and get this business back where it needs to be.

    Note to Sal: I owe you some advertising dollars- you will get every cent and my continued business very soon. I've hit a rough patch of water and I'm riding the wave.

    I will post updates.

    A few other items that this machine is capable of producing (keep in mind it has accuracy to the 4th decimal place: .0001)

    -Studs of all shapes and sizes up to 34mm in diameter
    -Bolts with hex heads (live tooling will mill the hex right into round bar)
    -Nuts
    -Washers
    -Piston Pins
    -Valve Guides from any material, bronze included
    -One piece Intake and Exhaust valves out of any material
    -Bushings, spacers, alignment pins
    -Etc.

    The quality only depends on the operator and his programming ability, accuracy of the machine and the material being used. I may hire a programmer for the first few runs until I get the hang of it. Looks straightforward anyways. It may be an older lathe, but keep in mind it was still in production making military Hummer suspension parts when I purchased it. I saw the parts it was producing and accuracy was not an issue.

    I owe many people a thanks for helping make this possible. And Aaron, if you catch this, your engine is shipping VERY soon- I know how badly you need it. Grady and Tim, those bottom end studs are shipping very soon as well. I've been fighting the clock for a while now and the loss of a good employee didn't aid the situation.

    But I am so happy- this marks the beginning of the end of supplier problems and shipping delays. The Ward lathe was supposed to take over a while ago but manual machining thousands of parts just wasn't feasible. Nothing beats the speed and accuracy of CNC.

    Thank you all.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    This lathe will be running 24/7 (other than occasional maintenance down-time) once it's all set up. If it's not producing the studs (and plans are to have 100 sets on the shelf at all times) it will be producing other machined parts directly related to the Northstar.

    How does a full roller valvetrain sound for a 93-99 Northstar? Or lower timing chain tensioners that will never wear out-

    Realistically speaking the first plans other than stud kits are to have all possible fasteners, studs, pins, bushings, etc. machined and in stock. If you need transmission alignment dowels, I will have them for you. Stock size cylinder head studs in both M11x1.5 and M11x2.0 thread sizes. Exhaust studs. Specialty bolts. Etc.

    I have a special admiration for the Northstar engine and even if some of them are getting old, they will not be forgotten. Keep your Northstar cars on the road- I will have parts for you.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Way to go Jake, full speed ahead and GREAT days are ahead for all of us thanks to you and your machines.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Looks awesome, Jake! Can you elaborate on a roller valvetrain for the 93-99? How would that be possible?

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    Wow, way to go, love the dedication to keeping these masterpiece engines on the road.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    The roller valvetrain I have not yet figured out but I know with the wearing exhaust cams and lifters it would be a nice thing to have available. I would work machining a custom bucket lifter with a roller on top and guides that kept it from turning but the cam lobe ramps are too steep to make that work. I have some more ideas though for that. Another day. Today it's all about filling orders and after that, move some skids of engine blocks and set up the bar feeder. The whole unit once set up is approximately 25-30 feet long.

    I have an order of studs that's being machined in the USA right now and they'll be ready for me on Sept 13th (two weeks later than they had originally told me!) but I cannot wait that long. I am now backordered again.

    This is why the CNC is priority #1 because without studs I cannot:

    -ship stud kits
    -build engines
    -repair cars

    And it takes me around 20-30 minutes to machine one stud on the manual machine because I have to be within .001 for thread rolling- over size will snap thread rolls and prevent nuts from turning on and undersize will produce an inferior part. I have to account for tip wear and bit replacement, etc.

    The CNC is supposed to be 10x faster and repeat accuracy is a sure thing- so if I have to spend the whole weekend and labor day setting this unit up and programming it, by Tuesday I will already have that time back (as opposed to running the studs on the Ward all weekend). I've tested all of the servos and hydraulics/electronics on the CNC and they're all up and running. A few things needed oil and cleaning but that's done.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Good luck - looks like fun, Jake. I always thought a roller lifter permitted a STEEPER cam profile.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Guess I'll have to do my research on that one.

    Well looks like I'm up $hit creek and my paddle is a week away. Some orders are shipping out today- the urgent and the oldest, I'll be working all weekened and labor day cranking out studs on the CNC.

    Sorry to all who I have let down, this is the last time. I am at the point where I'm coming to a fork in the road- if I cannot supply the demand for the stud kits I will sell the rights (patent in the pending status) to any company interested who can supply the public with the clause that I retain the rights to produce enough to keep my own shop busy. So that CNC better work and it better work NOW. I've written a program on it this morning and I can enter G-Code with no problems and save the program. Now just for the barfeeder and to replace some momenary switches and I should be set to go.

    I'm riding a wave and I can see land. I'll post updates if any good ones come up over the weekend. When there was a supply shortage for three weeks around February all hell broke loose and I almost lost my mind. This time I have some back-up.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Quote Originally Posted by 97EldoCoupe View Post
    Well looks like I'm up $hit creek and my paddle is a week away. Some orders are shipping out today- the urgent and the oldest, I'll be working all weekened and labor day cranking out studs on the CNC.
    Hang in there, Jake. The gearheads who truly give a damn will always be here.....................

    (I'll open a franchise near you tomorrow AM.................)

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    I can tell you without a doubt that this will be a very good investment. I have run CNC machines for years, and there is no way to come close to matching the quality and the repeatability.
    This will allow you to get some kits back into stock and feel confident in the quality that you are kicking out. I just hope you are planning on thread rolling and not cutting, a cut thread is
    far inferior to a rolled one.

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    Hang in there Jake you are providing a much needed solution to the HG issue on some of these Northstars, I don't think anyone should mind waiting a bit for quality, honesty and reliability, all of which you supply to many very grateful customers.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    way to go joke great looking machine

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Nice setup, very NICE! All the best to you Jake.

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    Re: Photos of the CNC turning center-

    Submariner, way to start my morning off! With a smile and a good laugh

    Knon: Yes thread rolling using Fette rolling heads for now until I can get my hands on a Tesker. The Thread rolling may be done manually in the Ward because of a few reasons. I know I can set that up in the CNC too if I want to- but the lathe is designed to use coolant/cutting oil mix. The thread rolling operations works best with a heavier weight oil.

    Wainabee, Thumperpup, and Pete1996, Thank you

    Late last night I rewired the CNC for a 9 pin serial connector for RS232 communications. Vasi (N*Caddy) would be proud of my wiring/soldering job. Then it's going through a USB cable to a computer to upload and download programs to the lathe. Using a full keyboard for programming sure will beat the Fanuc control buttons, + this allows me to use AutoCad for machining if I decide to go that route.

    It's now or never. Let's see how this weekend goes-

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    this is awesome Jake - thanks for the updates these last few days ...
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