Custom Intake Plate Designs - Feedback

Discussion in '1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk-' started by cdurbin, Aug 20, 2013.


  1. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Hey everyone. I had posted several months ago about fabricating some custom intake plates. Well, I'm finally getting around to it again. I plan to cut the overall shape out of 6061-T6 on a waterjet. Then finish sand and powder coat in black, red, blue, etc. Next make an engraving jig to hold the plate while I post engrave the design back through the powder coat. Attached is a 3D rendering of one design idea in black. I can also do custom designs as well. Just wanting to get some feedback from other Mustang owners to see if there is even the slightest market for something like this. I'm working on a fox cup holder design as well. Shoot me any ideas you may have to. Thanks for looking.
    Mustang Intake Plate Rendering.JPG
  2. srtthis

    srtthis the guy doing it does every local racers rear end

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Messages:
    3,689
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    104
    Location:
    in the shop working!
    man those lines look like some small ass cutters. the machine time must be pretty high... who much are you thinking per piece?
  3. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    It would be a .030 dia 2 flute Ball End Miniature Carbide Finisher. Cycle time shouldn't be that bad. It only needs to go down enough to remove the powder coating. We've done thing with a lot more fine detail than this. Not sure on price. I was actually just making one for myself but I thought I'd throw it out there to see if there is any interest.
  4. Grabbin' Asphalt

    Grabbin' Asphalt Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Messages:
    1,532
    Likes Received:
    205
    Trophy Points:
    74
    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga
    That looks clean, nice job.
  5. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Thanks.
    I'll post up some pics of the finished product once I get one done.
  6. srtthis

    srtthis the guy doing it does every local racers rear end

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Messages:
    3,689
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    104
    Location:
    in the shop working!
    So the lettering isn't into the material?
  7. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Yes, it's through the powder coat and into the aluminum plate underneath. Just enough for the shine of the metal to show through.
  8. 84Ttop

    84Ttop They make new pistons every day, so why worry? SN Certified Technician

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,310
    Likes Received:
    823
    Trophy Points:
    134
    Location:
    South Jersey
    I want to see the Intake Plate cup holder....more so how do you get to your cup when it's on the intake? ;)

    Sharp looking piece though!
  9. RealSpeed

    RealSpeed New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2002
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    2
    Location:
    b'ham alabama
    Thats is Badass looking!!! only down side is of all the people i know no one still runs a stock intake, and very few have gt40.
  10. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Dang, I knew I was forgetting something important....:)
  11. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Thanks and that is true. There's still a few of us poor people out there running stock though...;)
    I've got a bunch of ideas for custom parts and such. I just need to get it down on paper or more importantly, some prototypes fabbed up.
    RealSpeed likes this.
  12. stykthyn

    stykthyn Commander of the snuggie cultists

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    Messages:
    7,176
    Likes Received:
    331
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    gainesville
    are you only looking at black or can the lettering be in other colors
  13. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    Well...I'm thinking I will do it in a solid color and post engrave like the one shown initially. It could be black, red, etc.
    This will keep the manufacturing cost down. It would be expensive to powder coat only in the letters a certain color versus the entire plate.
  14. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
  15. Grabbin' Asphalt

    Grabbin' Asphalt Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Messages:
    1,532
    Likes Received:
    205
    Trophy Points:
    74
    Location:
    Atlanta, Ga
    ebay them, im sure people all over who are running stockwould like them.
  16. jrichker

    jrichker StangNet's favorite TOOL SN Certified Technician Founding Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2000
    Messages:
    21,009
    Likes Received:
    274
    Trophy Points:
    134
    Location:
    Dublin GA
    The Explorer/GT40 can use the same top plate as the stock HO 5.0 EFI intake. The only difference is the Explorer/GT40 only taps 2 holes diagonally opposite each other, and I think they are metric thread. That would have minimal impact on what you are doing.
    Grabbin' Asphalt likes this.
  17. cdurbin

    cdurbin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    413
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    39
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    srtthis, you called that one. With a ball nose that small, I could only run the machine at 7 inches per minute max. Factor in the finishing passes and it took 40 minutes for the "5.0" design. Good thing I don't plan on making these in mass quantities. :)
  18. Chuckman

    Chuckman Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Messages:
    659
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    st. louis, mo
    What kind of rpm are you running? We have some 15k rpm machines that would make quick work of that, we usually engrave with a #0 center drill at about 40 to 50 ipm
  19. srtthis

    srtthis the guy doing it does every local racers rear end

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Messages:
    3,689
    Likes Received:
    365
    Trophy Points:
    104
    Location:
    in the shop working!
    ive been around the block once or twice when it comes to designing parts.
    cdurbin likes this.

Share This Page