MFT/usa Cylinder Heads

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28 Mar 2005 17:54 #2986 by e merancy
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Has anyone out there received a letter from MFT requesting that you fill out a tax form for the state of Texas stating that your purchase was for resale and therefor not subject to Texas sales taxes? According to the info that I have this only applies to merchandice delivered in Texas not mail orders.They also say that if you do not fill out this form they will invoice you for 8.25% of your total purchase price.All this about two years after delivery and they are going back 4 years.These people are still advertising in the club news letter .Their cover letter also states this applies to deliveries in Texas . Anyone familliar with Texas tax regulations please advise.Thank You Ed. :)

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18 Apr 2005 14:26 #3051 by Al Hatch
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Hi Ed,

Yeah, I got the same letter. You know what I did with it? I filed it in the circular bin. As far as I know, sales tax only applies to those who live in Texas but keep in mind I am not a tax consultant. I guess they can catch up with me the next time I am in Texas.

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18 Apr 2005 16:17 #3054 by e merancy
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Thanks Al I came to the same conclusion I am told that Texas tax applies on purchases made IN and DELIVERED in Texas Neither epplies to my deal items were purchased over the phone and delivered via UPS to my home in Ct. Thanks again for the reply ED M. :D

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02 Jul 2005 03:38 #3308 by Kevin
Kevin replied the topic: I received the same notice...
I know in Utah, sales tax is for in state purchases, and the texas form appeared to be the same.

Perhaps MFT is doing a CYA, or looking for a new sourse of revenue.... <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> I filed my notice appropriately......

I have another question tho, I installed a set of MFT's Cord 810-812 heads, and at the time all I could find were composit head gaskets. After filling with water and a test drive, I checked the oil and found water in the crankcase. Have drained the oil and flushed the crankcase, to remove any water (luckily it was not in there long).

After seeing J.K. Howells ad in the ACD Newsletter, I ordered a set of Copper gaskets from Jim, but have yet to receive them. It has been about six weeks now, after a phone conversation with Jim, I found that he had lost my mailing address. I also determined that Jim's health is such that he was unable to take down my address over the phone, so I sent him a shipping label, that was 2 weeks ago, and after a second phone call, have decided that Jim is just not physically or mentally able to get the head gaskets to me.

Luckily, I found that Olsen's now have the copper clad gaskets, and I may just order a pair from them.

Anyway, back to the subject, I have yet to pull the heads from the engine, as I didn't want to remove them until I had the new gaskets. I was told by a local collector, that some of MFT's heads have had leaking problems. Has anyone expierenced that with their Cord heads? My inclination is the composit gaskets, but thought I would check with others in this forum as to their expierences with MFT products. Any heads up on what to look for is helpful.

I am also concerned with the condition of the threads in the block. I had a few that felt funny while torqueing, they took the torque, but seemed to require a longer turn to get them there,as compared to most of the other bolts. I was afraid they would strip as I turned them, so I went pretty slowly. I used a new set of the longer bolts I received from Al Hatch, but am wondering if I need to repair the threads in the block. If anybody has suggestions on a good proceedure to repair the threads, with the engine in the car, I would appreciate it.

I was hoping the have the car in Auburn over labor day as it is a Sportsmen, but I have to jump over this hurtle first.

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Kevin

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21 Jul 2005 14:38 #3386 by Josh Malks
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By the late 1930s Lycoming blocks are reputed to have been "softer" than earlier ones --- reduced nickel content. If you have the time and energy, renewing the threads on all the head bolts would be a good plan. If not, do the "funny" ones and hope for the best :-)My personal preference is for Keysert over Helicoils.

To get parts from JK Howell, I'm told that the guy to call is Bob Freund at (847)735-1906.

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21 Jul 2005 14:56 #3387 by Al Hatch
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Hi Kevin,

I am having a S/C engine rebuilt and as extra precauntinarystep, George Arakelian is replacing all of the head bolt holes with heli-coils. Keep in mind that this is a total rebuild. What usually happens with the original head bolts is that when round all the way down they protrude into the water jacket and eventually rust. When the heads are removed (probably several times over the life of the car) the rusted ends start to degrade the thread holes in the block.

Having sold a couple of dozen replacement head bolts I recomment putting a little bit of Permatex gasket cement on the threads of the head bolts. It not only provides a small amount of lubricant when installing the bolts but also provides a seal around the bolt particularily if the original threads are questionable. I have a set of stainless steel head bolts on two of my Cords for years (one over twenty and the conv. cpe. for 15 years) and have had to problems with leakage.

Hope this helps.

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