tried to post a reply to DocModisett post on an engine break-in stand...but it got lost on the information cul-de-sac I guess...
anyway... here's what I did up to break in a 460 ford. It's built strictly for this engine but can be modified for others... not a pro built job but suited my purpose... maybe it will spark an idea for you
Added this to our Engine and Stands and Dollies categories, and to your tools page. Your receipt:
Well,,,,John,,, i have had something like this on my mind for a long time,,,, I rebuild old Buick engines and cars since I retired, and actually before that,,,, and I like to prime up the oil pump , set timing, ect before I go to the trouble of setting the thing back in the car... that way if there is a problem it is a lot easier to deal with and when you set the engine back into the car it goes in you know that it is good to go.... I am copying all this info for future use.... thanks a bunch ,, you have saved me a lot of work and mistakes, I do know.......
I have a test stand very similar to yours . Mine is made of "L" shape metal but upside down with heavy duty 5" canisters . It was made for a large tool cheit to sit into and roll around . I build mone for SBF engines which I build the most . I took a blue engine stand and set it inside the "L" base and welded it in place . Then I cut off the rear flat brackets that are suppose to be connected to the back of the engine . I welded another bracket to bolt to the front of the engine and one to bolt to the rear of the engine with a bell housing or trans connected to the block . I then welded 2 "L" braces on the front of the frame and bolted a radiator to that . I also welded a 3/4" square bar across the 2 radiator supports so I can push or pull the engine test stand around with an engine on it . I have a a set of gauges to hook up and a place for a battery to be mounted on the side in the front by the radiator . Works really great ! I might have $60 to $70 in the frame , $25 for radiator and $50 in the wheels . Radiator was from a swap meet . I will need to build an adapter to accept a BBF 429 engine since I have one to build for a gasser I am building . I have seen some nice test stand but cost many times what I have in mine !
If anyone wants a picture I will be glad to post one .
When you make the tool yourself , then it's Made in the USA !
Retro Jim -- yes, please post a pic!
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