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Edelbrock Shop And Foundry Tour - Touring Edelbrock

Have You Ever Wondered How They Make This Stuff?

By Mike Harrington, Photography by Mike Harrington

I'm sure many of you have school-aged children. For those who do, have you ever found yourself watching their TV programs along with them? I have. I especially like the programs that take you on a factory tour to see how various items are made, and I'm always amazed at the automation and the machinery that never seems to stop.

Recently, the Super Chevy staff was invited by Vic Edelbrock to take a shop tour of the facilities where everything from heads, intakes, carburetors, and shocks are made and machined. While on the tour, we also had the chance to feast our eyes on the Edelbrock auto collection housed in Vic's garage. At the end of our tour, we were told this was not all there was to see. We had yet to see the foundry where all the raw materials are turned into some of the most precisely engineered automotive performance parts in the world. We were informed that the best way to get to the foundry was on Vic's private plane. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to turn a 2 1/2-hour drive into a 20-minute flight to see the most advanced foundry west of the Mississippi river. We witnessed how cylinder heads or intake manifolds are made from the initial design on the engineer's computer to the final porting and polishing on the CNC machines. It's really quite amazing to see how involved the process is from concept to finished product. We had no idea the amount of work it took to manufacture these products. Take a ride with us as we walk through the process from start to finish.

By Mike Harrington
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