To be off grid and self sufficient. To have a backup plan. To be ready when Armageddon comes. If you're a Prepper or not doesn't matter. To be prepared for the worst while still expecting the best is what comfort is all about.
If you're a guy or gal that cannot find the oil stick and do not change brake pads, I advice you to halt here. To stop reading. Because reading the rest might force you to rise from the sofa. It might initiate eternal questions about what's possible and not. For a few it might even trigger an inferiority complex.
Last words of warning; To rise from the sofa will eventually pay off, but the process will be painful. To see what can be done if you put your mind to it, might inspire too much.
Here's what; Magnus has a preference for B-Ford four bangers. He can't help it. It's in his nature. Like a squirrel he collect them. As nuts. Since these motors are not exactly new anymore they need attention beyond tender, love and care. In addition to this more-than-oil-change-needed situation it's worth to mention that the actual number of old school engine machine shops has declined.
The reason; modern engines last for-forever-fucking-ever and as a consequence the number of engine machine shop has been reduced the last two decades. But since there's a demand from those who build race engines and from the others i.e. those who have a slightly old and worn, car, boat or bike engines, there's a need. When the demand is high and machine shops are few, you better be prepared to stand in line and hope for the best.
If you've read the text above you'll understand. Magnus is in need for a long term, high volume solution. The mental effort is immense. The initial cost is too high. But again, a long term solution is needed, so the test process had to start.
Yes, the it's a prototype block. A scrap Ford Model A block.FAQ:
Q: What makes it turn and drill?
A: An old american cylinder boring machine.
Q: How can it line-up?
A: A solid shaft and four bearings, several indicator clocks and patience. A lot of patience.
Q: Is is accurate enough?
A: Magnus is in a trial period, but so far he reached 0.03mm radial position tolerance.
Q: Is he ready and a happy man?
A. He's not ready. Therefore he's a happy man.
The home made main bearing milling device in action.
As always, these meaning of life questions comes up. Is it worth it? Does it pay off? Is it well spent time? Why are you doing this?
I'll answer with a quote.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Yeah, Bukowski said that.
Couldn't agree more.