- Jun 17, 2007
- Gilbert, AZ.
- 1982 Dark Claret Coupe - 383CI CFI
I love the idea of EFI and duals (TBs).
I really do.
I'd love to have an intake that was capable of making good power with CFI because of the throwback cool factor that CFI offers. Heck- I would even buy a Renegade right now- yes, even though I don't have the car- because if it works even just a little better than stock, it would be worth holding on to until I had a car. I'd settle up later in terms of getting a car that it would fit on (ie- an L83 '82). It wouldn't be the first time I acquired parts for a car I didn't yet have.
So... kudos to Buc for getting it in production and having folks lined up who are buying it. That takes a dream and determination. I can respect a guy who is willing to take that kinda risk and be a success.
Thanks Kane. It's been a "very" long road on this project and "very" expensive as well. We never set out to be in the manufacturing business...it just kind of happened and evolved into its own beast. We just picked up were Pat left off with the Xram and made a better mouse trap as it were. Some would dispute that, but so be it.
To date, we have not received any negative feedback on our product that I'm aware of and everyone seems to be happy with their purchase. The only thing that has been negative in anyway in relation to our manifold has been the amount of time it took to get one. Once again, that is/has been totally beyond our control. We CAN NOT force the foundry to pour any faster, force the machinist to machine them any faster or force the pattern maker to make a spec change quicker. We are at their mercy on these two items. It makes us look bad because of this, but there's nothing we can do.
If you all knew what was involved in the making of a manifold of this type, nobody would "ever" make comments about our product from a manufacturing standpoint. Example: We make a small pattern change, there's a week or more for that. Next, we have to schedule a meeting with them to check out the work/progress, another week goes by. Then it finally goes to the foundry to make a casting, check it and make a test pour, another two weeks maybe more goes by. After a test pour, we pick it up and delivery it to our machinist. It will be another week or possibly more before we can schedule a meeting with him to see if everything we made a change to is good or bad. Do the math, it takes a huge amount of time to make the smallest change or tweak. Now, do this over and over again during development and you can quickly see how time can add up and push things back. Now add in all the other things that can go wrong and we are now way behind the power curve on our deliveries. That in very simple form what we've had to deal with.
I didn't come here to banter back and forth on any of my posts or pound anything nor will I, but rather just set a few misconceptions straight from a real company spokesperson and not hearsay from keyboard commandos.
We have not gotten the manifold C.A.R.B. certified...yet. It does have all the provisions required though if your state is an emissions type state. We went out of our way in the design to make that happen. I'd like to say that during our testing, we have the data from the emissions stations in AZ that would support a pass condition, but all the vehicles used in our tests were emissions exempt both the 82 and 84 models used. So for now, we are selling it as an off-road equipment item for that reason. Cross-sectional area values have not been officially published by us yet.
Hopefully this helps.