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bluetech
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From: Far and Away
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 07-15-2002 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm planning to build my own engine stand. Has anyone built their own? Please show me pics or diagrams with appropriate measurements/specs. Thanks.

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Dave_C
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From: Gadsden, Al
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posted 07-15-2002 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a home built one that has held up great for years. Very heavy duty. I'll take some pics and measurements this afternoon.

Later,

David Cole

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-15-2002 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hate to sound cheap-probably a little! LOL! but I bought a China special for 40.00 on sale at BJ's. My 89 motor is on it right now. It' seen several motors-loaned it out, gone for 2 yrs. back!

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Dave_C
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posted 07-15-2002 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's mine with measurements:




Any questions just ask.

Later,

David Cole

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bluetech
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posted 07-15-2002 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks a lot David!

Does it have the capability to rotate the engine? What does it use to lock in a particular rotation/position?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-15-2002 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One suggestion I would make is to make it a 4 wheeler. My 3 wheeler sucks! Tipsy as a sonava...

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bluetech
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posted 07-15-2002 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluetech   Click Here to Email bluetech     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yup, I think four wheels are safer. Wheel locks are another safety feature.

Can this handle a big block, David? Thanks.

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Dave_C
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posted 07-15-2002 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be easy enough to make a 4 wheeler. Just use another front leg and space them evenly. Or make a small T on the front leg.

It rotates and locks in place in two ways. Look on top of the round pipe on the back. It has a large nut welded in place. Thread a bolt into it and tighten. Works like a big set screw. I use it when I want it at an odd angle. Like having the deck horizontal to set a head in place. When the engine is in normal upright position or 180? upside down I have a 3/8 hole drilled all the way through both pipes. Drop a bolt through the holes when they line up. Takes the pressure off the set screw. I have been meaning to weld a plate in across the rear hole in the small pipe and weld a large nut onto it be able to turn it with a breaker bar. Until know I just grab the block and spin it.

The plate is drilled for SBF, BBF, SBC/BBC, BOP, 4.0-6 Jeep. I have not had a BBF on it yet, but it has worked with all iron 454 BBC and 455 Pontiac with no problems. I left a fully dressed iron 351W on it for over 1.5 yrs with no sag or any problems.

Later,

David Cole

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mellowyellow
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posted 07-15-2002 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wun hung lo special has the vertical part canted back about 10 degrees and has four wheels.

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 07-15-2002 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got a 1250lb 4 wheeler at a car show for 40 bucks. at the store the cheap stands go for that much. it was a steal

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stang106
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From: God's Country!... Port Alberni B.C. Canada
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posted 09-19-2002 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stang106   Click Here to Email stang106     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was working in the pulp mill I had the machinists cut me all the parts to my specifications for two engine stands that both are bolted to the bench within the ark of my swinging I-beam with chain block. The bench is aslo made of Ash and Oak from pallets and the whole thing is bolted into the cement floor. I can pull a motor out of a car and slide it in to the bench mounted reciever, take parts off and through them into the built-in solvent tank, then put the other motor in the car and I have only walked five feet. The setup works awsome. I then sold my portable engine stand.
Dave

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RickBook
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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 09-19-2002 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RickBook     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 02.

I'm with mellow yellow. Harbor Freight has the four wheelers on sale for $40 (unless of course you just HAVE to build it your self).

I bought the 3-wheeler for the same amount (4-wheeler wasn't on sale). I have my full block on it now. No probs at all. Just gotta be careful rotating it. The momentum of the engine can cause a SERIOUS loss of...whatever's in the way!

BTW David, that IS a nice stand you built.

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