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Old 02-02-2018, 12:44 PM   #1
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12 valve engine stand....

Not sure if this is correct thread to post this, but since its for my old first gen engine....
I had been looking for an engine stand but the prices they want for these things is astronomical and def not anywhere in my price range. So decided to get creative and do it myself. Its not complete yet, but wanted to share and see what yall thought.



Went down to HF and got 2 of the 2000lb engine stands for $107.00 each.






Got some 1-1/2 x 3 x 1/8 rectangular tubing and squared the two stands up so the heads were about 30 apart. (Thats the measurement I figure I need from mount to mount on engine)




welded up the center pieces to go where legs usually go and going to drill holes so they attach just like the legs do.





Going to put a brace in the middle with a wheel....







Have some 1/2 thick angle iron that I want to make the pieces for engine mounts. Maybe weld some gussets somewhere?
Thats as far as we got on it last nite, but will post more as I go. Chime in with any thoughts please!
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I have just a single Horrible Fright stand. It hasn't failed yet, but I don't rotate the engine any farther than 90 degrees with the head on and then I have the hoist attached to it for safety. Yours looks like a good plan, I'll be watching.
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Since the heads of the stands are angled I'm assuming you have plans to straighten them out some how? Otherwise bolting the engine to the stands is not going to work.
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Since the heads of the stands are angled I'm assuming you have plans to straighten them out some how? Otherwise bolting the engine to the stands is not going to work.

I was picturing the same problem.

I will be following along as it is a cool idea.
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same deal here, got two on the floor need at least one to roll around while im rebuilding other, im watching too. good idea!
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Cummins rotisserie!! YES!!
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Since the heads of the stands are angled I'm assuming you have plans to straighten them out some how? Otherwise bolting the engine to the stands is not going to work.
Got something planned for that part... involves some very large thickness angle iron pieces. It will be very simple. Hang tight...
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Only got as far as drilling holes for pins tonight... more to come.







Looking to put some extra wheels on there...
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Only got as far as drilling holes for pins tonight... more to come.


Looking to put some extra wheels on there...[/I]
Those will be fun when you trip over them. But then you're probably not as clumsy as I am.
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Those will be fun when you trip over them. But then you're probably not as clumsy as I am.
Its always helpful when you can still see your feet.
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I'm confused as to how the engine will be mounted and oriented.


Can you clarify your ideas here?
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Its always helpful when you can still see your feet.
True! I've had the dickydo problem for a while now. The outriggers are a good idea though. Wouldn't want to dump a 1200# 6BT on your toes.
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True! I've had the dickydo problem for a while now. The outriggers are a good idea though. Wouldn't want to dump a 1200# 6BT on your toes.
Here ya go, Edwin. Made just for you...
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I'm confused as to how the engine will be mounted and oriented.


Can you clarify your ideas here?

The way I understand his concept is that he is going to mount plates to the factory engine mounts on the block. Then these plates will mount to the two stands as if it was in the frame of the truck.


OP Please correct me if I am misunderstanding the concept.
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The way I understand his concept is that he is going to mount plates to the factory engine mounts on the block. Then these plates will mount to the two stands as if it was in the frame of the truck.


OP Please correct me if I am misunderstanding the concept.
Got it, but how do you then rotate the engine ? front to back, vs longitudinally ? that seems a bit scary to me.


Very interested in this project, either way.
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