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is it a bad idea...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by adamforsythe, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. adamforsythe

    adamforsythe 1/2 ton status

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    Hello,
    When I get my engine pulled and all done up I know I wil have to wait a little before I can put it back in the truck. So I was wondering if it was ok to start a engine up while it was on a engine stand. I would have the rad hooked up, and everything you would need to get a engine running.
    Thanks
    Adam
     
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    I would think that the torque of the engine would want to make it flop on it's side.
     
  3. adamforsythe

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    Thats kinda what I was thinking.
     
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    If you're bored and really want too hear it run, you can always build a "stand" . Maybe cut the front half of a frame off a truck in a salvage yard, weld some legs on it so it's stable and raises it up off the ground. Just a idea. Might be good for mocking up stuff.
     
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    Assuming you have to break the engine in anyways, I wouldn't waste tme coming up with a stand for a one-time engine build. Just doesn't seem worthwhile when the vehicle it's going into is right there anyways. :)

    If I *were* coming up with a stand, I'd start thinking about exhaust and what not, because if I had to do a cam break in, that's a long time to be listening to an unmuffled engine. And thats just more effort for temporary use.
     
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    Dont start it on a stand....

    Trust me--it WILL tip over if you start it up on an engine stand!--unless the stand is firmly bolted down to something--but most stands wont allow you to put a starter on,or have enough clearance for the flywheel--most automatic flexplate equipped motors can "kick back" when you try to start them without a torque converter on it,they act as a flywheel...I'd be very careful if you decide to try this on a stand--especially if its a cheap one,or a "3 legger".. :yikes:

    I took the engine crossmember out of a 71 K10 suburban I had junked and made a engine "test stand" so I could demonstrate motors I had for sale at swap meets--was fairly easy to make,and it worked well..One guy who bought one of the motors I was selling liked it,and I told him for 100 more I'd sell it with the motor--and he bought it! :laugh:
     
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    ive never had one tip over....

    i have started then up laying out in driveway..

    some just sitting on oil pan on top of a flat wooden pallet,..

    they dont tip, not for me

    you wont hurt anything as long as you dont overheat it or something

    i start one up out of vehicle now and then,

    its pretty easy, just gas is all needed, and a battery

    just to run it for a few seconds at least, less you want ot run longer then you will want radiator and manifolds and/or head pipes

    good luck
     
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    We did start some on the ground too...

    We did start up quite a few motors on the ground at the junkyard,but most of them still had the tranny bolted to them..we'd prop them up with tires and rims under each motor mount bracket,or use wood pallets--but we learned the hard way not too "goose" it!--if you rev them up they will try to flip right over!--we had a 455 olds motor do a tumbleweed impression when the customer decided to rev it up and see if it had flat cam lobes.. :blush:

    One other junkyard I go too starts the motors while they hang from 2 chains suspended by the forkloader!--now THATs scary!... :crazy:
     

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