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Old 01-18-2007, 07:33 AM
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repairing an old engine stand

A friend of mine bought a 74 F-100 parts truck and in the bed was an engine stand that someone had tossed out due to a rear wheel missing. It is nasty covered in dirt and light rust. I asked if he wanted the stand and he said for me to take it because he already had 4 of them.

This particular stand is identical in design to the stand I purchased at Advanced Auto last year. 750 lb capacity and is H pattern in design (not dangerous T pattern). It has 2 swival casters in the front and 2 peg axles in the back.

I am missing one wheel. What are my options for replacing the one or both wheels? I could buy 4 new casters and cut off the peg axles but I think the stand is designed to have more weight shifted to the rear so I don't know about having the stand completely level.

What are your thoughts? Oh' I am cleaning painting and making this stand like new for my brother who doesn't own a stand but is always borrowing mine. I am only looking to have $20 tops into this stand otherwise I would buy new.

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Old 01-18-2007, 07:37 AM
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You should be able to buy a pair of new casters at any hardware place...Home depot etc. Good ones will probably cost more than $20 though.
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:59 AM
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6.99 each at westlakes here.

I bought some for my engine hoist.
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Yes, indeed you should be able to find some suitable rear wheels for it...see if you can find a load rating for the wheels..make sure she still will be low to the ground & not elevated.
You have the unique oportunity to reinforce the structue...not to increase the load rating but just to make it stronger & safer.
You can paint it any exotic color you like....attach small tool trays where you like, put large comfortable handles on can address all of its' shortcomings.
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