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Old 10-31-2003, 05:31 PM
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Engine Stand

I will be rebulding the engine in my '53 Packard Clipper pretty soon. Right now the block, crank, and 6 of 8 pistons are sitting on a wooden stand in the garage. It is sturdy, but is not very easy to work on. Where can I find an engine stand strong enough to hole an inline 8cyl engine that will weight a little over 900 lbs. when completely built. I have looked at Jegs and Summit, but the stands that they have look like they are kinda short on bottom, and will tip over. I would like one that has all casters on bottom and spins 360* at the engine. Any suggestions as to where else I can look?

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Old 10-31-2003, 10:03 PM
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I just checked EBay and they have 1250lb stands for $33 that have four casters and two legs going forward. DO NOT buy a stand with three casters..they tip.
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Old 10-31-2003, 10:24 PM
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Check harbor freight. Just picked up one there.
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Old 10-31-2003, 10:29 PM
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Or build it like a big rig and stand it on end.
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I'd look long and hard at any cheaper engine stand before I put that chunk of iron on it. It's probably almost twice as long as a V8, therefore it will have almost twice the leverage as a V8 as it tries to bend/break/tumble the stand. My old 750# Chinese stand had a warning in the instructions not to use with an inline 6, I assume for that reason. I use a 1250# one now. If the 1250# stand will handle 1250# with the center of gravity 12" out from the mount plate, it would only handle (theoretically) half that with the COG at 24".
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Old 11-04-2003, 10:15 PM
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Check harbor freight. Just picked up one there.
How would I go about doing this? What materials would I need to build it? Got any pictures or diagrams?
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Might check a diesel repair shop & see what they use.
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I bought the 1000lbs one, But they do have a 1250lbs stand.

http://www.buytools.ca/products/indu...ne_stands.html

Hope this helps.
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http://order.harborfreight.com:9100/...ht/results.jsp

If you have to how about a 1 inch think triangle of plywood to hold up the front at the crank. Just cut a hole in it big anough for the crank to stick in and put a big washer and polt back in the end of the crank to hold it. That will at least keep it from bouncing as you work but you'll have to remove it to move the engine around.
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Old 11-09-2003, 07:02 PM
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Thanks guys for the responses

But, all those stands are for V8s. I dont think that they will handle a straight 8, without tipping. And that would be a problem, cause I can't pick this thing up by myself. Heck, it took 5 guys counting me and the movers to get it to our new house. I do like the idea of standing on end though.

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Buy 2 and put one on each end, this will be the safe way and not have your engine hit the floor or you.
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WOW an inline 8, that would be a problem with all the stands I have seen, I think I would buy 1250lbs stand and modify it to hold the length of your motor.
Be careful what ever you do.

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Here's a one-tonner for $100

http://www.menintools.com/shop/es2000.html

and here's a diesel stand for $250

http://www.toolscomplete.com/d/Diese...and_860826.htm
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Heres a few heavy duty stands.
Ive used the Revolver quite a bit I guarantee that will handle your engine but you would have to make an adapter and take out a small loan.
Also used one similar to #2021 those worm gear rotating heads are pretty nice to have for a big heavy engine.


http://www.southern-tool.com/store/o...ne_stands.html
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