H-M Supporter-Premium Member
- Dec 22, 2012
About to assemble a stroker 2287cc VW engine for my Sonerai experimental aircraft and found that the piston rod caps don't quite clear the camshaft. I chucked the cam in my HF 7x14 lathe and ran a live center in the tailstock to keep the cam straight. Holy cow forged cast iron is hard, lol. Got some hot chips while finding the right feed and speed, but the little lathe won the fight. I now have .070" clearance between the rod caps and the cam, and I can begin assembly of the engine. I am amazed that such a small lathe can cut such hard material, but it did well.