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Get a load of this engine stand....dressed 454

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PsRumors, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. PsRumors

    PsRumors 1/2 ton status

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    I bought this stand as it is rated for 1250 lbs. Bought the 454 for the brackets and then to reseal it and sell it.

    Is this much sag normal? The engine can't be rotated as there is too much weight.

    I did re-center the engine in the brackets but didn't help any.

    I have another 454 which has been rebuilt and needs to be finished. I am scared to put it on the other stand I bought.

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    53chevy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    dosen't look like the best quality, who manu. the stand?
     
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    PsRumors 1/2 ton status

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    It's from Summit....like $80 or so
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    you put it together backward... the piece that stands up goes on the other way...it should tilt back, not forwards...;):p:
     
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    Did you put it together wrong? Looks like the upright piece that the engine head bolts into is pointing downward when it should be pointing upward. I'm not sure if that piece can be turned around 180* but if so that is your problem.
     
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    unbolt the upright and turn it around.
     
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    Man theres an echo in here:rolleyes::p:
     
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    Maybe its just me, but the whole upright piece is flexed. I think its a POS stand.
     
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    it isnt flexed its on backwards...
     
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    Once you reverse the upright, then bolt the engine in place much lower on the stand. The way you have it now, the center of gravity is too high. If it did start to turn over, it would flip and probably dump the engine on the floor. :yikes: You want the center of the tubing for engine bracket to line up just above the crankshaft. Otherwise the engine is so top heavy that once it starts to move you can't stop it.
     
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    put a block of wood under the balancer.
     
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    Nope it's not put together wrong.....prior to the engine going on it is tilted back. It is a POS stand.

    It is bolted together properly the upright is flexed that much. These will be going back to Summit.
     
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    The problem isn't the vertical part (red bar in photo).....it's the bracket connected to the engine (the black part)

    Look at the photo again..... That bracket has an "offset" to it. Two fingers are very close to the centerline of the part that allows the engine to rotate. the other two are SUBSTANTIALLY longer.

    You have the BLACK bracket mounted upside down. The LONG fingers are supposed to be supporting the engine block down low, and the two fingers with almost no offset are supposed to hold the upper mounts of the block.

    That engine is sitting about 12" inches TOO HIGH on the stand, which is why it's creating all the leverage that is bending the crap out of the vertical bar. Change that black bracket around so that the engine sits lower on the stand, and I'll bet you $$$ that the whole thing looks a lot better.


    :deal:
     
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    I noticed that after I took the picture. But I did correct that and it still bent like crazy.
     
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    As the saying goes.......

    "You get what you pay for"
     
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    So who makes a good stand and where do you get it?
     
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    .....and sometimes you really pay for what you get. :haha:


    My engine stand cost more than $80, but it has a nice handle on it....and you can crank it and the engine rotates around oh...so smoothly.

    I spent the extra money for a really nice cherry picker too.... I hate struggling with crappy tools, especially ones that hold big things (jacks, engine stands, etc). My pet peeve is that even with the "nicer" tools, they still seem to all cheap-out on the casters....they never seem to swivel or roll correctly when there's weight on them. Bah! :mad:
     
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    Yup...... :bow:

    Keep buying that Harbor Freight stuff boys.... :rolleyes:

    I can imagine the quality you get in a $9 grinder... :doah: :haha:
     
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    Both of my stands are $40 cheapies from HF and both have held fully dressed BB Olds before with no problems. Looks like you got bent (no pun intended).
     
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