I have a small bet with a friend I need help resolving. I swear
I read somewhere about an antique (1920-ish?) Benz restoration
that involved a laminated, or stacked engine block. Apparently
the engine block was made in layers - I guess of plate steel,
although it may have been thicker castings. Cylinder liners, were
of course, used.
I have no idea how the layers were bonded, which is why my friend
says I'm a few french-fries short of a happy meal, and that any
block made that way would spew oil and coolant from each layer.
I contend if it's possible to make a shotgun barrel out of wire,
that a stacked block is not only out of the question, but was
actually made by MB.
Any historians out there?