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cradle for v8 motor

I am looking for some one that might share with me the plans to build a engine cradle for small block chevy . Not looking for any thing fancy. just something I can roll around my shop floor. Hoping some one can guide me with this project. Thanking you in advance. Gene

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You can get a nice one at harbor freight.
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You can get a nice one at harbor freight.
I agree in buying one. they only go for around 35 bucks so by the time you buy your materials, invest your time to make one, etc. you might find it'd been better to just buy one unless you just really want to build one.
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The red thing above works great if all you ever work on is small block engines.

But I have found that a pallet jack is the best bet for everything from a 1000lb diesel to a metro engine. You get a wood pallet and stack up 6x6/4x4 under the motor mounts that were on the frame then bolt the engine to it so the oil pan is a couple inches off the pallet. Then you strap the thing to the pallet using the manifolds or brackets.
Cut the pallet down or position the engine so that it is somewhat centered. A inline 4 engine only needs a 2x4 pallet while a inline 6 or 8 really should have a 4x4 for stability. Any v engine you use a 4' pallet. The engine is 30+x30 inches wide and the pallet 48x48 so you are loosing some floor space. But I usually place things like parts for the engine in cheap tool boxes in the extra space on the pallet keeping things organized.
Now you can have a row of engines and if someone comes to buy one you can easily move the thing out close to there truck instead of swinging the engine towards it on a cherry picker. If you secure it right you can slide the thing right onto a truck with a drop bed and ship it off.

Cost of the wood is around $60 to free depending on if you have the wood already or know someone. But you never have to mess around with castors or buying another engine mount.

Pallet jack cost around $70 for a good used one and they are irreplaceable. Everything from moving and installing axles, transmissions, engines, doors, frames, cabs, beds, and more. You do not need a pallet you can build a base out of 4x4's that has the legs go around it to move even the heaviest things. Be smart and careful. You should not need the straps if you build it right. I just like to have them for security to keep something thing like a detroit six from tipping over.
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This was my son's first project out in the garage, it was made out of a dolly of some sort that we got from somewhere, I don't remember. But it gives you an idea of how easy it can be.

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It used to be that they sold these for Chevys but apparently not Fords. I wanted one for my Ford engines so I made one. While bumbling around the junkyard I noticed many Cadillacs have nice straight strut tower brace with brackets on the ends. I collected three or four of these for a few dollars. I turned one of my blocks upside down in the floor and built a frame that way. Pretty much the same as the $32 version but the Cadillac end brackets made nice corner pieces. I don't recall exactly where I got the casters from but I think they were recycled from a broken creeper. Been a while back now and like five or six engines have stayed in it. I really enjoyed building it out of next to nothing. I expect this style would need more reinforcing for a bigger engine. I actually expected this one to need tad more bracing to begin with but it doesn't even wiggle.
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whats your location

i have one sitting outside not needing.. u can have it if your close enough to pick up.
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