The past couple of days I took a new tack and built a 4.11 kernel. I specified in the compile options there is no support for VGA and to user the serial console. The GRUB boot method works. So I have been booting into Diagnostic mode to see what is happening. It still goes into blind mode.

GNU GRUB version 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu11

/----------------------------------------------------------------------------\
| Boot To Local Machine |
| Client Console |
| On Demand Imaging |
| Add Computer |
|*Diagnostics |
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\----------------------------------------------------------------------------/

Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
Press enter to boot the selected OS, `e' to edit the commands
before booting or `c' for a command-line.

Please Wait While The Boot Image Is Transferred. This May Take A Few Minutes.
error: no suitable video mode found.
Booting in blind mode

I suspect something in the configuration file from clonedeploy is causing too look for a unsupported video mode. My next testing step is to just boot my custom kernel on it's own.