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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Spotted an advert maybe in Historic Racing Technology this month for a casting/prototyping company and thought it was a mini block in their small photo's, must be casting them for 75.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:00 pm 
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mk1 wrote:
Minispares have been working on.


we have the casting boxes made, samples have been cast

we are now just trying to get the machining done for an acceptable cost as the way we want it doing and the standard we are looking for is proving to be difficult and expensive.

once they are done I guess a couple of test motors will be built to have their ears pulled back so any issues can be found out.

we have been on with other stuff, so the blocks got pushed to the wayside for a couple of years.

everyone else who has been claiming to get them done soon finds out that its not easy or cheap to do :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:25 pm 
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I'm no expert, but would imagine that getting all of the machining operations to be done accurately on an as-cast engine block is not a trivial operation. From varoius posts in the past it sounds like even the factory struggled at times to keep within correct tolerances.

And without access to original factory dimensional drawings it would be even more difficult.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:30 am 
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anyone fancy building an all alloy s motor?

Image

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:36 am 
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How's that for another first for the MK1 Forum.

You have now seen the evidence that this is moving ahead.

Not too sure about the pic of Rich though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:42 am 
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mk1 wrote:

Not too sure about the pic of Rich though.


its a holiday photo :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:55 am 
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That's his inspiration for his beard!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:38 pm 
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How much for the un-machined casting ?

I could do something with that :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:41 pm 
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fantastic! But is it an experiment? Does it work when it's on the market?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:51 pm 
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But is it an experiment? Does it work when it's on the market?

The finished item isn't going to be alloy, these were just cast to tst the pattern boxes & start to work out the machining operations. The finished block will be cast iron just like the originals.

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