This is the same block that was on eBay, and only legitimately sold one time on eBay. I CAN track it's history, and have to my satisfaction.
Funny how you think a website can be helpful until all the crackheads chime in. For those of you who think it may be stolen you should do something about it or STFU! The block is at my shop APS Automotive 7725 NE 23rd Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. BRING IT!
In the end this block will be a finished piece one way or the other. I would prefer to farm it out to someone with a ready to go CNC program due to the sake of time. There are machine shops here in town who can handle every bit of it on manual machines, and I have the blueprints to accomplish it. Cost effectiveness will be the major obstacle as the operations I don't have the machines for will have to be paid for and setup will be a real shot in the wallet.
Production block machining from a raw casting is performed mostly on 4 axis CNC equipment. Several companies make these machines with the capability to machine a block. There are also companies that are private who machine racing engine blocks for DART, WORLD, GM and others. Two of them are Galaxy machine in MI who I believe does some DART small block stuff, and Uni-BORE also in Michigan which I know used to do the CNC Bowtie big blocks around the turn of the century as I have all the blueprints with their letterhead on them. I have blueprints for all the machine work on BBC blocks with the pan rail(non-priority) oiling system. Sunnen, Rottler and Perfection are three of the companies I have found who offer 4 axis equipment for finishing unmachined castings. I will be in contact with them tomorrow to see who has purchsed the machines with the software. The trade magazine I have states the software for popular engine blocks are available from the equipment manufacturer as part of the machine purchase with user adjustable variables like deck height etc.
pdq67: It's aluminum no cherry picker needed
. It's not stolen as previously stated. The manufacturer has no interest in it. Made in USA cast right into the back of it. Do you have an intelligent point, or comment?
CNC BLOCKS N/E: I looked at your site: Nice stuff! I don't have the trade book in front of me right now so I don't remember which machine manufacturer it was, but the writer of the article stated one machine took 20 minutes including setup to bore the cam then moving to the other machine and setup took 30 minutes and the 4 axis finished it in 45 minutes to the point of bolting on the caps. The final line boring step took another 25 minutes including installing the caps. I know the programs were probably loaded in advance, and all the correct tooling in the machines prior, but that's still fast, and it came out ready to install sleeves.