Got my call about the aluminum heads today

Discussion in 'Small Block Tech' started by Mark Demko, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Sherri from TA called and said they're ready to ship out.
    I told her Im still interested, but not at this time.
     
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  2. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    Are you serious, how many years have you waited ?
     
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  3. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    LOL, a long time, but money that was saved to buy 'em right now is gone.
    Plus I owed federal taxes this year, so no refund for me:rolleyes:
    Sadly this is what happens when a product takes this long to get to market.
    Even IF I had the funds now, I just don't have it in me to pull the engine to install heads this year:(
     
  4. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Dang. If this is the trend you can bet your last buck this be the only run of the sbb heads.
     
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  5. johnriv67

    johnriv67 Well-Known Member

    I'm with Joe on this one. I'm not sure who I feel worse for.
     
  6. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    If Sean was the first one on the list, as he alluded to since he got his shipped out a few days ago, and when I called two years or more ago to have my name put on the list I was on the list for the "second run" Then I get called a couple days after Sean, saying they're ready to ship, Im sure more than 2 people were on the list:rolleyes:
    I think the list is short right now, people have backed out, sold their Buick 350, or died.
    There will still be buyers, me for one, but the timing suckso_O
     
  7. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    No disrespect to you small block guys but I would've went with a 455.
     
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  8. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    I couldn't wait that many years,so I bought some really good used Stage 2 heads instead..I can't give my 350 stuff away,so it's going to the scrapper..
     
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  9. johnriv67

    johnriv67 Well-Known Member

    You can’t give it away? Have you asked me yet?
     
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  10. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Im sure TA will sell what they have, and maybe there wont be a second run due to lack of interest, who knowso_Oo_O
     
  11. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    I visited TA back in march on a roadtrip. I believe Tim said they had 35 back orders to fill on the heads. I walked right past the stack of raw castings on the tour.

    I completely understand life happens, especially after such a long wait. However the sbb world has been putting a tremendous amount of pressure on TA begging for parts and attention. If these heads are a bust for TA this will likely be the last bone you guys will get tossed.
     
  12. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    I didn’t put a deposit on the heads because I’d rather put the money towards the other things I wanted to accomplish at the time . Just so happens I picked up a block and I dropped it off at the machinist two weeks ago. He hasn’t had a chance to look at it, but I also said I wasn’t in a rush, I didn’t think the heads would be a reality so soon. Hoping to have it all done for next spring. Currently getting parts together to convert to Sniper EFI with the motor that’s currently in the car.
     
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  13. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Sounds similar to my situation at the time, I intended to install the new aluminum heads, took stuff to the machine shop, bought Molnar rods, Auto Tec forged pistons, ( spec'd 11 to 1 comp ratio) thin ring pack, already had my TA roller cam and lifters, SP3, blah blah blah. get everything back from machine shop, a few months later I start assembly, basically took all summer on weekends.
    Aluminum heads still weren't ready, so I used my irons, I wanted to drive the car and get it to the track to get some numbers.
    Got it all together and the Morel lifters were noisey, so I got Johnson roller lifters from TA, another 640.00 with shipping:(
    Im not bitching about having to spend almost 700 bucks on another set of lifters, the Johnsons are AWESOME!
    I just drew the line for this year on spending money on the GS, that's it Im done for the year, Im working with what I have for the summer and fall.
    Next year I'll do aluminums:D
    It will be interesting to see how much I pick up between iron and aluminum heads:D:D
     
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  14. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    It’s understandable, I don’t blame you at all. You have a nice setup and likely through the winter you can switch to alum heads. I built a house with my dream shop this year and when TA called to let me know the heads were done I didn’t even hesitate to place the order. After so many years, this is a huge deal. I’m ordering a few more sets next month, I have a feeling the first run will go quick. Who knows when the next run will be ready to ship. 2021?
     
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  15. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    How much are they ready to bolt on?
     
  16. vonhef

    vonhef Member

    My name is on the list.... so hopefully this means I get the call soon! :)
     
  17. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    IIRC 2500.00
     
  18. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    This is definitely a huge deal for the 350 crowd, for sure I’m buying a set, just not buying right now, I’m outta GS money:p
     
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  19. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    When I called TA and spoke with Tim when I heard they were in the final stage of drilling the holes for the spark plugs. He advised me no need for a deposit, they have an ample supply on hand. Just waiting on my machinist to confirm the block I dropped of is sound.
     
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  20. blyons79

    blyons79 Well-Known Member

    I'm going to wait for the reviews. Once I see it's proven...no issues then I'm in. I'm a little concerned about the valve/rocker alignment. Just want to see somebody give a review after they've clocked a thousand miles or so.
     

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