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03-15-2009 08:03 AM
Engine and Carb Test Stand

I use this to set up carbs and break in and check engines for leaks, timing, and all that good stuff. I have set up 4 engines so far and even though the stand is very high (55 inches at top of carb) no tipping or torque problems. When you have resistance such as a transmission and driveline then you have the torque.
02-24-2009 07:19 PM
e-tek Awesome thread - thanks for photo's from me too! Wondering if anyone could list the wiring coonections needed to start it on the stand. I'm all ready to go, but want to double check everything. Also, how would I hook up a key-start, or is it easier just to hook up a bump button to starter? I'm guessing with the bump button I'd need a power source to distributor & coil right?
Sorry for the dumb questions, electrical is my weak spot!
05-08-2007 10:06 AM
OneMoreTime That one Pete built is about 36" wide and about 4' 6" long from my looks at the picture..Like BGtech said mount your controls on the end where the radiator is so if it does come apart it hopefully just scares you..When you blow one up that is..

The base on Petes test stand looks to be 2x2 tube..probably some stuff from the scrap pile..Course you will need motor mounts and those you might have in the scrap pile somewhere..Other than that a simple ignition switch a water temp and oil pressure guage and maybe a tach and you are good to go..Mount the engine fairly low so it will not tip so easy as well..

There you go..good luck

05-08-2007 07:26 AM
BlackAce I'm gonna revive an old post. I have my motor all finished and now looking into build the test stand. I check out Ebay and and only seen one set of plans and it's build from a engine stand which is not what I'm looking for. Does any here know where else I can get them OR if someone was kind enough to measure their's and get the dimensions for me.

BWT here is a pic of my motor.

01-30-2007 01:18 PM
Tech @ BG Having a lot of expierence running engines on test stands, and dyno's PLEASE do not mount your controls so that you're on the side of the engine. When things fly out that is the way they come!
01-30-2007 12:40 PM
steve392 Ace,

I have a few pictures of the test stand I built for my engine in my project journal:

It's totally self contained with place for battery, gauges, fuel tank and radiator...I built mine out of wood. If you have a bunch of 2x4's and a chop saw, you're good to go. I made mine large enough to also hold the transmission. I intend on using this stand for engine/ trans storage when it's not in the car. Pugsy had a real good point about hoist access. Make sure you can get it off the stand without too much trouble.
Hope this helps,

01-30-2007 08:43 AM
peteshotrodshop happily i have a forklift for that. since i bought the forklift, which has sideshift too, i havn't unfolded my cherry picker since.
01-30-2007 05:08 AM
123pugsy Whatever you do , make sure your engine hoist can roll under it easily so you have no problems lining it up and setting it down. This never occurred to me and I had to lift my stand up with blocks of wood to drop the engine on.
01-29-2007 03:04 PM
xntrik good stuff guys.....

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01-29-2007 12:02 PM
peteshotrodshop heres the one i'm building. it too has swivel and lock wheels.
01-29-2007 11:25 AM
48ChryslerRodder I don't know if I'll run mine on this stand , but I crank it over to circulate oil plus the wheels have a lock and steer option that makes moving it around a one man operation.
01-29-2007 10:16 AM
OneMoreTime I think that a fellow would want a good wide base if he is going to rev the engine much to keep it from rolling over as previously mentioned..Other than that some way to easily fasten the engine to the stand..

01-29-2007 09:10 AM
BlackAce Thanks for all the pics!!!! It is very much appreciated!

I have an idea of what I would like to do which what is similar to what gilby246 has.

I was thinking of using an two engine cradles and cut one in half and weld that one on to the front of the other for a raditor support and attach another cross bar for stability. Now one thing I have an issue I think would be torque. I plan on putting a throttle on the control panel using a lawn mower throttle. Do you think it would be able to handle it. It's not a 400 hp motor more like 300 if that.
01-27-2007 07:27 AM
1957plymouthhemi As mentioned the stand doesn't have to be real fancy. Bascially a rectangular frame with an attachment points for the engine and radiator.

Personally, I like to keep mine low to the ground, and put 4 castors on it (the largest I can find and preferably all 4 swivel type). I also usually strap an old box fan to the front of the radiator rahter than bolting up the fan to the front pully. A stand on the back to mount an oil pressure and water temp guage to and that's about it.

For big blocks and Hemis I will often also make a smaller version, just a cradle actually. I'll ovten built the shortblock on a regular engine stand then attach it to the cradle to put the heads on. It's a lot easier on the back and I don't have to worry about it tipping over when I have to move it. Although I never have the engine could be started on this for a few minuets it it needed to be.

Depending on what I have laying around, I doubt if I have $25 tied up any of them.
01-27-2007 05:54 AM
123pugsy Looks like you can make one out of about any size tubing you can find. I used 3" x 1-1/2" for mine.Trays for fuel and battery,some old gages and you're all set.
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