Ugly Ironhead Rocker Box
Rockers out and ready for the rock and roll to start!
Find your oil passages.
I mapped out the oil passages in black. Inspect your rocker boxes closely. Although shovelhead rocker boxes are bitch'n as they are if you feel the need to fuck them up a little the oil passage runs at a diagonal. And watch out for the right lower corner of ironhead rocker boxes...... the cast is a lot thinner than you may think in that corner. That is the area marked with the black box in the lower right corner.
I then mapped out the design I wanted with red. These guidelines will help you keep things symmetrical and on track. I wanted a look of something that could have come out of the factory but have a classy look as well.
Hogging out the heavy stuff! Look how crude this is. A cheap drill press was really the only tool in the shop at the time. So got rid of material using a drill press. I didn't even know what a mill was at the time. I'd recommend a mill for this job.
That retard doesn't have his subject clamped down! Shows how little I knew at the time.
bringing elegance to a cast block of aluminum with a dremel tool
Bringing out the contours.
Remember to watch your depth as not to run into your oil passages.
At this point I was happy with where I was at with the dremel tool. From here on out it's all finger work.
More to come...... stay tuned