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1/2 scale Aermotor Build


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Old 01-07-2017, 06:52:11 PM
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One piston done out of cast iron as I am making two engines I will make the other out of aluminum just to see if there is any performance differences. The rings were purchased from Star Bolt. I made the piston first to use to check my cylinder bore sleeve for fit as I do not own a bore gauge .The print called for an aluminum piston with no rings and it was a 2 piece build I chose the more traditional method. the connecting rod on the wrist pin is called out at .875 hence the large pocket in the piston
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Aluminum piston is done the aluminum is 4.35 ounces lighter than the cast iron it will be interesting to see if the two will preform noticeably different. Dimensionally they are the same .Maybe some of some of the stackers could give some insight into this
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The shrink, expand of aluminum is greater than cast, so what tolerance did you use. If using an aluminum piston, I machine extra clearence.
I often use .001 on cast, and no ring. But you can scare a piston, with such close tolerance. When casting, aluminum shrinks 3\16" per inch, oposed to casts 1|8" per foot. Bore diameter also comes into play.
Using an aluminum block, then the aluminum piston may fit better at heated running condition. It may all never get hot enough to make any difference. I am not familiar with how an aluminum block ,with cast iron sleeve will expand to fit of piston.

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The engine is an 8 cycle so it fires 1/2 as often as a 4 cycle.I do not expect much heat to be generated.The pistons are at 1.4985 I will fit the sleeves to them.I am a machinist and my boss probably would loan me a bore gauge but in the past I have made my self a set of go no go plugs.Which for my purposes works okay.The prints call the piston out of aluminum no rings at 1.500 and the sleeve at 1.500 granted he laps it to a good fit with the sleeve.I seriously am no fan of turning aluminum at home or at work .
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I have both cast iron cylinder sleeves made and honed to fit pistons.Both were loctited into place with high strength 638 retaining compound. I am now working on the connecting rods I made a fixture this should allow me to do all operations on it without removing it from the fixture. The loctite is good to 300° f should be OK as I have a light press fit as well
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Connecting rods complete now just need to make the grease cap and bearings.
Oh yes and stud and nuts I generally do things like that after the engine is test run then I focus on all the finish and detail work
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