Hello rickyracer1983,China influence. Edelbrock sold a lot of their stuff to China for them to copy.
I do agree with you on Edel quality control, or lack of. I think their problem is they've spun off in so many different directions that they lost all QC. I don't think Vic Jr dying 3 yrs ago did them any favors. Bean counters took over and QC went down the shitter.Hello rickyracer1983,
You know what is sad, I bought a no-name China brand new aluminum, dual plane, high rise, air gap manifold for my Mark IV big block Chevrolet and it wasn't bad at all. It was really cheap at 180 dollars. All the holes lined really well and the ports were spot on. Knowing this what's Edelbrocks excuse........ (semi-rhetorical).
Believe it or not I was going to buy an Edelbrock manifold for it, but the reviews on Summits website weren't favourable. Add the poor reviews to the hefty price and I thought well what do I have to loose by trying the cheaper Chinesium thing. Worst case it and the Edelbrock will need machining. Turns out the China thing was truly bolt and go.
I would love to buy U.S.A. made items, but not if it's overpriced and even more work needs to be done to it. I have poked around and more more aftermarket companies are making FE components. I think I am done with Edlelbrock unless they make something (like the multiport FE manifold) that no one else is currently making.
+1I agree, amazing work, and just to add, Edelbrock does know how to make decent FE intake ports.
I bought a Performer RPM for my 428 before I had decided to go with the 3X2 manifold.
The ports on the Perfomer RPM intake are nicely cast and would require minimal to maybe no clean-up to match the heads.
The bolt holes faces on the Performer are not spot faced but they are cast nice and level and perpendicular to the holes.
Also, the Edelbrock aluminum heads have the intake ports CNC ed the first 1/4 inch or so into the port to match the medium riser port.
Shame on them for putting out that atrocious Victor thing they call a manifold.
Hello 1964Fastback,Wow, great job! Sorry you had to invest all that time into a new intake, though. The only upside is think of all that weight savings from your aluminum dust removal. It's ridiculous they made the bolt holes so big and uneven. I bet that took awhile with the grinding disk.
You know rickyracer1983, the pride does seem to be tapering off in not just my encounters but other horror stories I've heard as well. It's getting worse not better. There will always be poorly made products intermixed with well made ones on the market but for a culture so allegedly wanting to recycle and not pollute, why is everything seemingly so disposable and cheaply made.Not such thing as quality control or pride in their workmanship.
Hello Jazzmeister,You are a true Renaissance Man! I love the detail and your fearless ability to tackle any project. Thanks for sharing everything!