Managed not to warp/trash them - so there's that.
Extended the build out to the back side where the Malossi really juts deeply past where my cases used to cover.
Below is a shot after peening. I do this so that when I machine it - the material is pre-compacted.
Been told this makes machining smoother.
We will find out.
Next week - my machinist is giving me some time on his mill - and some lessons.
Will use the other bodge cases I practiced on to mill with first - then my prized ones.
Editors note: my apologies if any feelings were hurt in my rebuild to Ray 8 yesterday.
However - consider it a cautionary tale. Do not mess with my bodge cases.
Safis - at some point did you pattern and post your reinforcement piece for the crack prone area??
*Edit: Oh! almost forgot. Put bearing in as suggested to soak up heat.
But when cases got hot - and were upside down hanging over my thighs - super hot bearing fell... on my right thigh. Comeuppance.
Peened and ready for machining
Malossi cylinder actually has a large portion that is hooded - like the BGM. This will be cut back - shown in green.
Malossi gasket. So I have some porting to do - but I think I want to surface it first - so I can properly match everything.