I have the patterns to make T blocks left over from my 5 main project and have the CNC programming to machine them. Right now it makes a 26-7 block but it wouldn't be too difficult to make it into a early block. I wonder how motivated people would be to have a new block with no corrosion, no cracks, standard cylinders, guides and valve seats.
Ok I will give a hint $4,000-5,000 ???? ALL MACHINED
I have seen recently some complete early pre- 16 engines go for around $1500 that needed complete rebuilding but not 11 12's
You should expect to pay @$4000 for a bare 11 block.
Well, a new engine block cost less than 3% of a car back then. So if the car it's going in is worth around $135,000 then $4000 would be in line.
We can't repop them nearly as cheap now. A 1911 enclosed valve engine is very difficult to find.(unless it is already in someone else's car.)
To do it I would need orders for 10 blocks. I guess we will see if the interest is there. No these would not be 5 main blocks. Externally they would be as close as I could make then. Internally they might have some small variations.
You might find a market for 5 main blocks with a matching crankshaft at $10,000.
To carry this one more step. It's not too difficult to make 11/12 block look like an open valve block.
There were some open valve bloks made a few years ago. Does anyone know about them? I remember them beimg advertized for around 1,500.00 dollars, unmachined. I would think the patterns are still somewhere.
were those the mactavish blocks? i remember a few years back a judge in kentucky had several for sale with some other early parts. they were water pump type blocks with some unmachined water pumps. i don't know what happened to these parts.
5 main blocks; The last 3 are being cast now. These have been modified to accept roller lifters (larger lifter bosses). One is unspoken for. It will come machined with crank and connecting rods. You can be a owner.