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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Update: 06/July/2011.

    All tooling is now in stock and set up for production of the studs. The last piece of the operation was something I built, a special turning head that mills down the diameters of the stud while keeping everything dead-on straight and concentric- very important for cylinder head studs.

    The last bit of stock from my past supplier is running out quick. I will keep this supplier around for back-up in case we ever have a machine failure that cannot be fixed immediately: but: quality is up, production speed should be around 5 sets per day to start out with. We're running a 6 post turret lathe, production style, it's old but very accurate.

    The photo below is the turning head I built in between shipping kits and repairing cars/building engines. My neighbor has a nice milling machine that I owe him a beer or two for letting me use: The tool bits are replaceable and cheap, concentricity is easily achieved with this head and feed speed is approx 5 inches per minute. 3/4" capacity with a possible depth of 8". It weighs around 20 lbs, built out of a solid piece of 5" round steel bar.

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    With this tool, and the automatic turret feed on the lathe, smooth, concentric, accurate and fast cuts are acheived.

    This setup along with the new shipping location in Grand Forks, ND should really help fill orders quickly, efficiently, and with higher quality.

    I'll keep posting progress updates in this thread.


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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    One nice feature I built into this head is a coolant port- coolant is continuously fed over the carbide cutting edges and I cross-drilled a hole in the backside for compressed air to blow chips out as it cuts. Sometimes, the tool that works best, is the one you build yourself.

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Hi Jake

    I've never introduced myself before, but if all goes as planned in a week or two, I'll be a customer of yours! I just wanted to say I hope everything continues to go well for you, because many, many Cadillac owners, including myself, wouldn't be able to drive these great cars if it weren't for you

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Hi Rodya! I look forward to helping you any way I can. Vehicle delivery or stud kit shipment?

    Thank you for the kind words!

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    It'll be a stud kit order Here's the car that's being saved:


    She's a real looker so I'm anxious to get her back on the road

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Beautiful STS! Even the Deville in front of it looks sharp. I'm just real partial to the Eldo's and STS's.

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Thanks ! There's a Deville in front of the STS, another one in front of that one, a wrecked one in front of that one, and another one behind the STS We're an all Cadillac family here!

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodya234 View Post
    Thanks ! There's a Deville in front of the STS, another one in front of that one, a wrecked one in front of that one, and another one behind the STS We're an all Cadillac family here!
    Driveway full of Cadillacs, exactly what I want.... :P

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Quote Originally Posted by maeng9981 View Post
    Driveway full of Cadillacs, exactly what I want.... :P
    My next Caddy(s) is/are 96 Fleetwood Brougham, and/or 1984 Coupe Deville

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Quote Originally Posted by vincentm View Post
    My next Caddy(s) is/are 96 Fleetwood Brougham, and/or 1984 Coupe Deville
    Big RWD V8 Cadillac is in my wish list also. And when I say big I say cars over 220 inches.

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    I will have some interesting news likely by August 1st that will be posted on the front page of my site as well as in here. It has to do with the North Dakota shop as well as something else I just can't mention right now.

    Anyways, here's the address for the USA shop:

    Northstar Performance
    1232 Rylan Road, Suite 8
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    I will have that location staffed soon for parts shipments and stud kits.

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Jake,
    Just as soon as you get the MAIN CRANK studs for sale I would like a set.
    Grady

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    How long do you think before you will have main studs ready for purchase, Jake? I just broke a main bolt reassembling the half case. So, it is either 20 new bolts or your studs. Would these studs fit the standard threads or would drilling and tapping be required?

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Ternstes,

    Did you reuse the old bolts?

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    Re: Message to all stud kit customers, past, present, and future.

    Yes, I did. There is not anything in the service manual which says they cannot be reused so I went ahead. I was going to check the new main bearing clearance today but one bolt snapped before it even made it to the first pass of tightening. I was quite surprised! But I was glad that an easy out turned it right back out.


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