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Old 03-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Build An Engine Storage Stand:

There may come a time when you have an assembled engine ready, but the car may not be ready to accept the engine. You could leave the assembled engine on an engine stand, but if you are like me there are other engines waiting to be assembled. You need an engine storage stand that will allow you to bolt a complete assembled engine to it and be rolled somewhere for storage.



The engine storage stand I will be building is for a SBF (289,302,351W,351C,5.0) but the same principles apply to any engine. You will need an engine, or preferably a bare engine block to use as a jig to build the stand.



The first step is to cut and drill some 1" x 1" x .125" angle iron to bolt to the motor mount bosses on the block. The bosses are 7/16", but I drilled them to 1/2". You can now bolt the pieces of angle iron to the block:















The next are the rear uprights. They are made from 3/4" x 16 gauge square tubing. They will bolt to the outer most bellhousing bolts. They are also drilled with 1/2" holes. One of the uprights is 7/8" longer that the other. If building a stand for a different engine, the height of the upright will need to be determined so the oil pan will clear the ground, and the stand:









The main framework is next. I used 14 gauge x 1" square tubing. The main rails are 22" long, the front cross piece is 11 3/4" long, and the back piece is 18" long. I used some scrap pieces that were not long enough, so I welded a few pieces together to get the lengths I needed. Square it all up and weld it up:









The frame work is centered on the two rear uprights, and two front uprights made from 3/4" square are cut to 10 1/4" long. Everything is now tack welded on:









I made a diagonal brace from 1/2" square tubing to keep everything square:









Weld everything you can with the stand still bolted to the block so nothing will move around.



You can now weld on some 2" steel casters to the bottom of the stand. Stay away from the rubber casters because the rubber will fail under the weight of the engine. I got these at Home Depot:

















A little paint, and it is ready for service:



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Old 03-13-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

Nice tutorial...thanks for taking the time to share. Any pics of a complete engine mounted on it?

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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Very Cool!
Nice Job on the design and build!
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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is that ford blue LOL, some of the most usefull tools are the most simple nice work.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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Yes, 2 more pieces and some wheels needed.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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Yes, 2 more pieces and some wheels needed.
For the bottom, just grab an old shopping cart, cut off the basket, and weld to it. Easy and free.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:21 PM   #7
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Shopping carts are only free when stolen....

I have a stand just like the one you built I bought from my neighbor for $10. Makes the engine short enough to slide under a bench.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:28 PM   #8
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Wow, great diy thread.. Im gonna build one for my many 302's i have kicking around
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:17 AM   #9
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

I like your simple stand. I have all my extra blocks sitting on the cheap furniture dollies from HF.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:55 AM   #10
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

great idea
but I can never find the casters cheaper than I can order one all done from jegs.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #11
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

simple was the key for me...got the motor back from the machine shop..car not ready...very simple, rusty, but functional stand...larger stand in photo is for motor and tranny..sbc,bbc..muncie or T-350 trannys...smaller stand is just for motor..

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Old 03-18-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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Nice info, i need to do this to my engines.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #13
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

If you have to buy new sreel and casters, its probable cheaper to buy 1. we were going to made them and sell em, but couldn't compete with emports and Harbor freight
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:50 PM   #14
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If you have to buy new sreel and casters, its probable cheaper to buy 1. we were going to made them and sell em, but couldn't compete with emports and Harbor freight
I have bought them from different places, and the casters are good for a one way trip, especially the rubber ones. The welding quality is also questionable as well as super thin tubing. There is a place for quality, because I sell them all the time.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:04 AM   #15
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Does hf freight sell a stand like this? Ive never seen one unless you mean a regular engine stand?
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #16
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Shopping carts are only free when stolen....

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Just a heads up, not all carts are stolen. I got several when a local chain store replaced their whole fleet and posted the old ones for free on Craigslist. If you see me with one of my many things made from carts, don't assume I'm a thief.

Great job on the stand. Simple is best.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:58 PM   #17
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Default Re: Build An Engine Storage Stand:

i also made one similiar to yours, except instead of putting four wheels on it, i set it on a furniture dolly from HF... works fine
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