Thanks for taking a look, Tom. Certainly appreciate the comments. I had noticed that the focus on my first couple of vids was not very crisp. Changed a couple of settings on the camera...see if this helps. Sunday morning thinking out loud on this one.
I knew back when I was doing the heads & rocker covers that it would have to all be aluminum. Just had a bit of down time with the move. I mean, where do you quit? Certainly not in the middle of the project...
Finished up the lower portion of the block profile. Start fitting it together. The crankcase area is way too deep...going to cut the oil pan in it & then separate. I like the design & vibe of the intake manifold but am not happy with the execution.
Since I'm reviving this thread...& since the thread no longer has pics of earlier work, thought I'd repost a few shots that will kind of reestablish the basic stylistic concept for the build. It's a full tube frame, full cage car with double wishbone suspension front & rear. The suspension is formula 1 inspired, as I really dig how flatly they skate through the corners. However, much of the science that I'm studying for the build is coming from the roadrace stock car type builds, in that the engines are front mounted vs mid engine. Think NASCAR at Riverside raceway, if you will. Corner cars. It's cool to be in the new digs & finally have things set up so I can get back in the game. Tired of being a spectator!
The intake manifold doesn't match the head angle very well on the near side. When I look at it, seems like it may be a bending error on the manifold base plate. Get the angle finder out & check it to know. Also, the heads were shaped free hand on the belt sander & could easily be some slight angular differences between the two.
Thanks. Been a fun day. Decided to stop work on the top surface & rough in the cyl. banks. It's square between the face & top & that makes me smile. Rotated the block 45 deg with the table & roughed in a bank. Start mocking parts together while I still have some wiggle room. I have hours invested in several pieces that were built to fit the plastic kit block...manipulate the work on this one, so that it all comes together with good fit.
I dug into the moving boxes where this project is stored, again. Looked at everything. Looked at most of the pics taken along the way & kept coming back to the engine as my current strongest interest for the project. Recently did a simple mill job in brass for a friend & am focusing on building my skills & abilities on the mill. So mill work on an engine block...right in line. First pic shows a previous pic of the engine with the plugs roughed in for the heads. Decided the block should be the next piece. Found an odd shaped piece of aluminum that's an off cut from something else & determined that it is big enough. Squared up the ends with a couple of facing cuts, dyed the end & scratched the front shape of the plastic engine block to work to. I've got the rotary table set at 90 deg. A few magnetic welding jigs to help stabilize it & a clamp to help keep the table from rotating during machining. Since it's a fairly large chunk hanging off the front, I fabbed a press fixture to support the front of the plug. Make the setup as rigid as possible.