The down side is that you constantly need to figure out how to solve rather complicated technical issues.
To cut it short, here's the situation; Carina want an Ardun V8 Engine and yes, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. But in the process of transforming an old flathead to a OHV Hemi Ardun I'm currently facing a hot topic.
I'm talking about welding and not just any welding, it's cast iron block welding that's the problem or rather the question.
When an Ardun head should be applied to a flathead the so called relieving between the valves has to be removed. But how? Is it possible to mill the deck 2mm and make the surface flat? It would be easy, but will the deck be thick enough?
Or is it possible to apply a weld seem in the relieved area and the mill the top deck and of course bore the cylinders? Is it really possible to weld in an old combustion area? ''
Isn't that like welding the surface of an old cast iron frying pan? With coked oil deep in the metal structure?
At least there are people out there that are (reasonably) comfortable with welding cast iron without pre heating. To pre heat a flathead V8 engine block would be a bit awkward.