Creating Saltster

While visiting a friend in his workshop who is an engine builder himself i noticed on the floor, as i was leaving, 2 giant blocks of aluminium plate and I mentioned them and what was the story was on them and he said they arrived in his shop around 10 years ago,  a customer bought them in to him to make  Chev V8 heads…. but when he started to look at them, the owner had drilled the the stud holes for the head bolts, and they were in the wrong place … so I asked if I have one of these blocks … could hardly lift it.  So it lay on the floor in my workshop for some time while I contemplated what I would do with it … it would have gone to scrap metal.   Then I decided to build the Saltster engine.