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Old 02-07-2002, 01:03   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering what sort of returns Tickford would get from the parts they made for the 5.6 V8?
They had produced the crank, block girdle, rods and intake- not to mention the sequential shifter a few years back. All this takes research and development which equals money. Can they recoup their cost?
You see, I can see a bigger market for these products. If Tickford sells these parts through Ford Racing Performance Parts - FRPP - then they would have another source of income. The quality of these parts are second to none. The aftermarket for the Windsor in the US is still huge even after it isn't sold anymore.
Surely it would have to impress the beancounters if specialty parts for future engines can be sold on another market. It would help justify the cost involved.
We will be sharing a lot of common components with the States when the Mod V8's come on line , Tickford/Prodrive would be silly not to expand.
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It's probably easier/cheaper to make the parts in the US and export to Aus/other countries. Ford Aus only have a finite amount of $$ to throw around, they would be better IMO to concentrate on core activities (like building kick ar*e XR and T-Series!). There are already numerous aftermarket companies doing stroker kits and other hi-po bits for Windsor, is there really a need for another, especially considering the Windsor is NLA in a production car?
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When Tickford where doing the 5.6 they found the aftermarket stroker kits to be not up to Ford's quality control.
The Windsor hasn't been in production in the States for a while but it hasn't stopped the aftermarket for Windsor parts. There is always some new go fast part coming out every week.
What I am try to say instead of TVE trying to recoup $1,000,000 out of selling , 250 stroker kits for the T-Series to recover cost associated with developing stroker kits and intakes for example, they could sell in the US another 1000 of these parts. The cost per kit here in Aust would be $4000 but if they sold another 1000 in the US the cost per kit would be $800. In theory our T-series could cost $3,200 less.
If Tickford is making a quality product, which they do, they should be looking to sell there parts through FFRP. With our dollar the way it is itshould be very attractive for the US.
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