could someone with experience machining rods and pistons from billet help me understand what the part setups and machining processes are like?
i would imagine for a rod, you would machine the billet into an over-long rod shape, then cut the rod bearing cap off, machine the cut section flat to mate with the rod again, maching the bolt holes and bolt it together, and then bore out the main rod journal with the rod cap attached. then the small end would just be bored out.
are pistons a lathe-only item? or can you reasonable make them on a mill? i would _very_ much like to make pistons on the mill as a certain size for my engine are no longer available, and it would wonderful to be able to make a few spares using my mill.
are there any good resources for getting into machining pistons and rods? i.e. a good book or internet resource? i have an "experimental" engine i dont mind putting risky parts into, so thats not an issue if it blows up.