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65ponycar
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posted 01-06-2005 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone comment or offer advice on one of these stands from JEGS?

http://www.jegs.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=103163&prmenbr=361


I'm more concerned with quality as cheap tools have burnt me before... Should I go with teh 2000lb stand or is that over kill? I'll be using it to tear down my 302/rebuild then as a storage device for my original six.

THanks.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-06-2005 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's no such thing as an engine stand that is too study.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

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N266fords
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From: Sierra Vista ,Az USA
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posted 01-06-2005 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My advice would be to atleast get the one with 4 legs allot more stable.
Bruce

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 01-06-2005 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the part # 80040. The single rib down the center let's you stand closer to the engine, unlike the others.

Years ago I had an engine stand that only had three casters.... DON'T GO THERE!! THEY'RE WAY TIPPY!!

Also - make sure you use it on a smooth concrete floor....not full of holes or heavy cracks...they WILL catch your casters and cause you grief!! If necessary, put down a 4'x 8' metal sheet to roll the stand around on.

Ryan

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 01-06-2005 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My engine stand came from Advance Auto. Paid $39 for it. 750 lb rating with 4 casters.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-06-2005 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about this one!

It has 4 casters.
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Ed S.

68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

[This message has been edited by 68 S-code GT (edited 01-06-2005).]

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N266fords
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posted 01-07-2005 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I spyed an 80 camero tell me its not your please...
Bruce

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 01-07-2005 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by N266fords:
I spyed an 80 camero tell me its not your please...
Bruce

My small block doesn't have exhaust ports right next to each other either....

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N266fords
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posted 01-07-2005 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was hoping that the motor belong to an enemy because no friend would build a chevy for someone..
Bruce Williams

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65ponycar
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posted 01-08-2005 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made the trip to Columbus, Jeg's main retail store on 11th avenue. Very nice showroom, checked out the floor models for each of the three stands. Just from looking at them (no actual test w/a weight of v8 ):

1000 lb stand: looked decent, still a heavy construction just like the other two. Would make a great stand for an occasional use. The casters were smaller/of lesser quality then the others.
1250 lb stand: all-in-all this looked like the best stand economically. Well constructed, very solid I thought. Size wise, this stand would be great too, not exactly what you would call small but also not obtrusively big, would be good to use in the back of a two car garage. As mentioned earlier in the post this stand doesn't leave much for foot room down the sides, but that really isn't a issue for me, as I would be paranoid to have body parts UNDER the stand anyway
2000 lb stand: This is the one I bought, so obviously I thought it was the best. Heavy duty construction (even more so then the other two). Better casters, bigger, more quality/heavy duty. Better design, makes use of the A-type frame (like an engine lift.) The mechanism to turn the engine is a better design/upgrade from the others, smoother operation and more of a choice where to lock it. The extra 750-1000 lb rating over the two should provide the extra stability I expect it should have, and last me a long while (I want to be able to store my original engine on it and/or loan it to friends that have helped me.) Overall, it is just a great, well constructed stand.

So I'm glad I made the trip into Jeg's retail store so I could compare; they literally have thousands of parts on display and were willing to pull something from the back if it wasn't on the shelf for me to look at. So I ended up with the 2k lb load lift, matching bolt kit (was only $6 more, what the heck) and got the lift plate I needed too, so a trip worth while!

Hope these short descriptions will help somebody... I'll post back after I actually USE the darn thing...

Thanks, Dan

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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-09-2005 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Relax, it?s not mine or even someone I know but I thought that the engine stand was cool.

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Ed S.

68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

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chilly460
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posted 01-11-2005 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chilly460   Click Here to Email chilly460     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 1200# model from Harbor Freight, I don't really trust it with anything beyond a small block longblock on it, sags very badly with an aluminum headed FE. I just received the 2000# Jegs model, haven't put it together but it's very beefy, I'm going to be working on an iron headed 460 soon and wanted overkill, the more the better.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 01-13-2005 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I once a 3-castered engine stand (that I spoke of earlier) and as long as I was careful, it was fine and not too tippy with the smallblock on it. However, later when bolted an all-iron 390 (FE) on it - WHOA!! It sagged bad and was VERY tippy.

So I had a buddy weld up a 2" square tube H-frame with 4 - 5" casters.... Later, when I hung an all-iron 460 on it, it didn't even flinch!!!

Ryan

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whiteknight289
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posted 01-16-2005 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for whiteknight289   Click Here to Email whiteknight289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed,
I've got a similar stand with a fresh built running 302 on it right now. Being able to run the engine before installing in the car is way cool. Looking to sell the whole thing, engine and test run stand, soon.
Scott

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-17-2005 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by N266fords:
I was hoping that the motor belong to an enemy because no friend would build a chevy for someone..
Bruce Williams

I've been known to, it makes for more money for the Fords.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

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N266fords
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posted 01-17-2005 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lol Steve!!

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