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Running an engine on the engine stand?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigBurban350, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. BigBurban350

    BigBurban350 1/2 ton status

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    Could an engine stand handle a 305 if started and run on the stand?
     
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    gravdigr 1/2 ton status

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    try a search this has been discussed before. Use the words "flopping across the floor" in the search /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. BigBurban350

    BigBurban350 1/2 ton status

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    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    In a shop I worked in...
    We used the overhead crane....
    Do a REV....and watch-it FLY!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    It was a GOOD thing we were playin'with a 2 ton HOIST!!! /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
  5. mastercraftkpk

    mastercraftkpk 1/2 ton status

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    The "flopping across the floor" gives me a GREAT visual. Someone has got to try this and get it on video. Gives a new meaning to the term "torque steer".

    /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  6. BigBurban350

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    So I guess if you strap it down securely it can be done eh?
     
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    For safetys sake, I wouldnt try it. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
    -Harrison
     
  8. Don

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    If You don't use a 3 legged engine stand, maybe. By 3 legged I mean, one in front center, and the other two on the rear. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
  9. 55Willy

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    We started my 355 on the stand, it was a 3 legged model (rated for 750 pounds) with open headers and a 2 gallon gas can, we started her up. it didn't move too much. just make sure the pin is in the back so it can't rotate. my headers kept it from going too far. if ya can brace the engine it woudl be even better.
     
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    Yeah, I think if you didn't rev the crap out of it, she would be ok.
     
  11. BigBurban350

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    I only got a 305 so it shouldnt be a problem if you did it with your 355 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    yeah we didn't rap the crap out of it, but it wasn't just ideling either,LOL
     
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    I am in the process of fabbing one up. I will post pics soon. I do not post here much but hang out and read good info so I just had to post on this one. So far I have about 100.00 into it and I am almost done. I got a std. trans bell housing for 5.00 and a .500 thick steel plate for 5.00 that bolted to the back of the bell housing after I drilled holes for it. It also helps having a Bpt. Milling machine to square everything up. I also am using 2x4 rect. .250 thick tubing. This cost me 75.00 (24ft lengths) from a local steel supply company. Tomorrow I am welding the base together and I already have the rear upright welded to the plate that is bolted to the bell housing. I also have a nice gauge panel I had scrap laying around for that. I am doing this so I can make sure when I am done building an engine I have no leaks etc.. I just did my 350 in the fall and she leaks bad. So now I am taking it out soon and going to put vortec heads on it and fix the leaks and headers and custom made exh. stacks (woo hooo). I will post pics tomorrow of the stand. If anyone wants drawings I will get them to you when I am done.




    Ok took some pics today.
    Here is what I have done so far. I have left to do is the front mount up rights, gauge panel, wiring battery tray and fuel system. More pics to follow.

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    T.J.
     
  14. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    I ran my 350 on a 3 leg stand, it was fine.
     
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    What did you use for a bellhousing to run it on a three legger ???. I am now ready to mount a radiator to some fabbed up tubing and then I am going to use a corvette elect. cooling fan I had laying around. I will get some more pics soon. Too hot to do anything today...
    T.J.
     
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    I didnt use a bellhousing. I left the stand bolted to the back of the block (where the bellhousing should go),put a flex plate on it and bolted the starter up to the block.
     
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    I like the contral panel you got going there. I want to make a Dyno, they sell prefab engine cradles from summit for about $40 and you can build off of that /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif.
     
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    I have one of those cradles and IMHO the thickness of the steel is real thin and the mouting points/plate is weak as well. But hey, I over re-engineer stuff anyway just to be on the safe side. The steel I am using is .250 thick and I am welding it using a 220v/ 240amp welder using .030 wire.

    T.J.
     

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