Hammerhead has obviously spent some time and money with that cylinder head but I don't think you really picked up on the point of my soft rant.
If you would call or email Hammerhead I will bet the farm that head system for that Windsor is gonna be in the $8K -10K range COMPLETE and that's what I was talking about in my comments. There are quite a few limited production cylinder head systems out there for both Chevy and Ford small blocks and big blocks but they are very expensive systems and most are used by higher dollar racers and teams. The quantity of buyers and users is so limited as a percentage of the total high performance market that looking at many of these better products and thinking they are filling the NEED I was talking about in my posts really is without merit.
The one thing that still shows up with the better heads and manifolds is sort of confirmed again even by this head. The raised symmetrical ports, the rotated valve positions in the combustion chamber and a smaller combustion chamber are very much like the points I was making. The cost and complexity problem of these Hammerhead heads in my humble opinion is the complex valve train with that rocker system.
Some old Ford minds just can't get the old SOHC engine out of their minds! Why did that engine never stick and stay in the GENERAL performance market? Because it was a bit exotic, to expensive and a very troublesome to maintain from a valve train standpoint. Heck, the current Ford Nascar and Pro Stock heads show that there are some awesome OHV pushrod heads that fit in these categories but they as I mentioned are just to dam expensive for the average Ford performance enthusiast.
My comments and ideas come from a point of what I am trying to say is that there is a definite PLACE and NEED for some new moderate cost head and manifold designs for the SBC and BBC engines in use today by the high performance aftermarket.
Obviously it appears all the big cylinder head companies are way smarter than me. They think and do very well with OUT OF THE BOX "Race Technology " with their offerings but in my opinion they are not thinking OUT OF THE BOX when it comes to the needs of the "Big Market" for product like I am describing!
I am thinking along the lines of that Field of Dreams sort of mindset "IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME!"