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  1. If you drill or file an edge cast iron would make a fine black swarf that makes no end of mess. Aluminium would produce a chip Here is a picture showing the grain structure of aluminium at the top, cast iron at the bottom Pete
  2. The metal looks like grey cast iron,it is not unusual to see inclusions after the casting has been machined. The mount that is broken could probably be braised to affect a repair. Pete
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