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Old 01-27-2013, 07:47 PM
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engine test stand

Ive seen many test stands and people telling how to build one... but not how to wire one. id like to know how to build one completely and include the wireing and circuit bored. i wanna know how to build one that i can use and not have to guess on how to build. BASICLLY i want a how to make book for dummies on a test stand!!! Thanks for your time!

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You can find the plans on ebay.
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What engine are you wiring?
Two cables, and two wires will crank an engine.

First cable, battery negative to engine block.
Second cable, battery positive to starter solenoid.
Third wire, starter solenoid to a switch.
Fourth wire, the switch back to the small terminal on the starter.
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A few years back I built my own test stand and wired it up. Here's a link to that post:

Correct schematic for engine test stand?

Disregard the wiring to the distributor. It was just for the Vertex Distributor I was using at the time.
Read the whole post, as the comments on my schematic are important too.

Hope this helps,
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What engine are you wiring?
Two cables, and two wires will crank an engine.

First cable, battery negative to engine block.
Second cable, battery positive to starter solenoid.
Third wire, starter solenoid to a switch.
Fourth wire, the switch back to the small terminal on the starter.
Sbc 327 that I just bought and I want to make sure it runs before I put it my truck
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Two cables, and two wires will crank an engine.

First cable, battery negative to engine block.
Second cable, battery positive to starter solenoid.
Third wire, starter solenoid to a switch.
Fourth wire, the switch back to the small terminal on the starter.

A fully charged battery, and you can check compression.

Put a distributor in it, and you add a fifth wire from the battery positive to a switch.
Run a sixth wire from a switch to ignition coil positive.
Run a seventh wire from ignition coil negative the the distributor. (points type distributor)
I believe with a HEI distributor, the coil is inside the distributor, so you need only run the ignition switch wire to the distributor.

Pour a little gas down the carb, the engine should fire. If it fires, then deal with a cooling system, a radiator for further testing.

Maybe at this time, screw an oil pressure gauge into the block, and see if the engine has some oil pressure.

If the engine had decent compression, and started and ran briefly, without odd noises, I would put it in the truck.
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