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05-20-2007 08:51 AM
onebadmerc I bought a 4 leg 1000 pound stand from HF last year and bolted my Ford 460 to it with no problems. The stand flexed more than I liked it too but it held up fine. As with my 3 leg 750 pound stand, I will only store empty blocks on it after it fell over with a fully dressed 351C on it.
05-19-2007 04:07 PM
Mustangsaly that lime green 350 hanging on the stand is for my sons Suburban, he picked and loves the lime green. I will put a tape measure on that one cause its tall. real tall for me torqin heads & intakes. my uncle made everything over size to fit him cause he was so big. I'm real careful moving that stand with a engine on it, but it rolls real nice even over floor dry and little pebbles. I just keep a eye open when me or my boy is moving it. it rolls nice with a big block buick on it that was the last big block on it. but for a 3 wheel monster it rolls nice. and it has big bearings in the neck, they look like wheel bearings.

05-19-2007 11:46 AM
texastomeh Now THAT looks like an engine stand!!!

I should have qualified my earlier remark by pointing out that he was moving the stand and engine when it tipped.

05-18-2007 06:16 PM
Mustangsaly my three wheel engine stand has gave No Troble since it was built in the 70s. but I watch the three wheel engine stand when I'm moving it.

05-18-2007 03:25 PM
texastomeh I've got the 1,000# one and it did a good job on the 405 SBC that I just finished. I did cut a piece of 2x4 and use it as a vertical brace under the front end as I loaded the block with heads, water pump, harmonic balancer, etc.

I would probably buy the 2,000# one if I had it to do over again.

DO NOT buy the 3 wheel 750# one. Had a friend that tipped his over with a 350 SBC on it. Luckily, no serious damage (a storage cabinet stopped the fall), but sure scared the bejeepers out of him.

Good Luck!!

05-18-2007 02:32 PM
jray Most certainly stay away from the light-duty 3 wheel ones........I had a cheapy 3 wheeled one and after dropping an engine twice I found someone I didn't like and gave it to them!!
05-17-2007 05:17 PM
matt167 my dad has a 3 wheeler 750 # HF, and it's questionable at best, with a 350 w/o intake and water pump, it wasn't flexy but seemed mighty tipsy. it's only had 1 engine on it, only used to hold the engine to take off intake, oil filter adaptor and water pump, for his 350 crate motor, so I guess it served it's $35 purpose, rental would have cost that.
05-17-2007 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by jimfulco
4 wheels, widely spaced, and use grade 5 or grade 8 bolts to mount the engine.
What he said
05-17-2007 01:31 PM
jimfulco 4 wheels, widely spaced, and use grade 5 or grade 8 bolts to mount the engine.
05-17-2007 08:59 AM
tornado-tech Definitely get one which 4 casters. It is much easier to do a motor. The 3-caster ones tip over real easy
05-17-2007 08:32 AM

Looks like a nifty idea, but you're not going to like having to step over the legs of the cherry picker to get to the block.
05-17-2007 07:55 AM
428ho I had issues with the 1000 lb one. I just didn't trust it it flexed so far.
I ended up making a new back plate.
05-17-2007 07:44 AM
Mustangsaly only thing I don't like about my engine stand (pics one comment up) my uncle built it yrs ago and he was 6'4" + tall so the engine stand is real tall for me i'm just 6' tall) tall torquing heads. but I can live with a Tall Heavy Duty Engine Stand

I liked this idea but have never used one B4.
05-17-2007 07:35 AM
Mustangsaly spend the extra cash and but the heaviest built one, it will make you happy yrs down the road. a flexing floppy non steady engine stand makes you nervous the whole time a engine is hanging on it. look for a old one someone bought or built yrs ago.

some info here on the 2nd page of that thread is a engine stand my uncle made yrs ago. theres pics of my home made engine stand (its had SBCs BBCs & a pontiac 389 & 400 and Ford 390, Buick 455 on it), looks like the upright neck was fastened to the floor in a factory or machine shop at one time. it has wheel bearing type bearings in the neck. it has a big type wing nut (wing nut is a factory piece that a 3/4 or 7/8 threaded nut with 4" wings) but loosen the wing nut you plus theres a spring loaded leaver that catches in notches on the back of the neck.

look for a heavy duty manufactured or home built engine stand with bearings in the neck.

Good Luck

05-17-2007 06:15 AM
Koolaid The middle size one with 4 wheels works good for a SBC - wouldn't go any lighter - think they are on sale about once a month for $40 or $45.
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