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Old March 28th, 2015, 05:36 PM
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Engine stand recommendation

Can you guys recommend an engine stand that can fold for storage and won't feel like it's going to tip over when torquing down bolts?
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I always just get the cheap ones from Harbour Freight. Look for one that has the front castors as far apart as possible for better stability.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 05:51 PM
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Same for me, never had a problem with it. Used it for small block ford V8, small block chevy and rover. The MGB engine gave it the biggest work out though lol
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The harbor freight ones can adequately support our v8s?
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The harbor freight ones can adequately support our v8s?
Definitely, they are pretty light motors since they are aluminum. I can lift a short block by myself and I'm a weakling.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 07:47 PM
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Got a tdi on a small stand right now. When fully dressed its a little scary and flipping it takes two guys.
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Harbor Freight stands off of Craigslist. Half the price of new and they are taking up space that somebody else needs in their garage.
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I have several and trust none. I recently
Had to swap the engine in my f2fiddy and
the 7.3 weighs right around 1000 lbs. I needed
To swap everything from one engine to the
other. I put it on the floor and lifted ea as needed
with the hoist as necessary. I hate engine stands.
A good one costs a fortune. Saw one I'd like to have
On graveyard cars with a hemi engine on it, looked to
be up to the task.
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Here is my harbor freight special with a 3.9 that was going in the 110 on it. This is the cheapest one they sell.




And the Harbor Freight engine hoist


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Here is my harbor freight special with a 3.9 that was going in the 110 on it.

That's the HF one I had that I didn't like, the front castors are too close together. It works fine, but I like the orange ones better for torquing head bolts.

------ Follow up post added March 28th, 2015 09:25 PM ------

Randy, can't you weld? Just buy a cheap one and modify it to suit your needs. You can add as much extra support as you want!
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I guess Doug echoed my sentiments about stands, I just don't like them. Every time I see one, I think bumblebee... how on earth is this skimpy thing going to adequately support an engine?

Thanks guys for all the input. I'll give the harbor freight ones a shot.

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That's the HF one I had that I didn't like, the front castors are too close together. It works fine, but I like the orange ones better for torquing head bolts.

------ Follow up post added March 28th, 2015 09:25 PM ------

Randy, can't you weld? Just buy a cheap one and modify it to suit your needs. You can add as much extra support as you want!
Good point. I guess I just don't like to modify things like this unless I really have to. I'm afraid I'd overdo it and put another pair of front casters on
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I used one of these once and it was pretty awesome.
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I used one of these once and it was pretty awesome.
yeah that's pretty sweet. if i get that thing, then i better be ripping out my engine every six months!
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I got a set set of AC Delco stand and engine lift, the stand is good for my nearly completed blue printed 2 hondie tdi engine, I just love the engine hoist. I wouldn,t trust the stand with my 6 pot jag engines.

The ABC Delco can be got from O,Reillys.

If you are wanting a fold up stand you better stick to go cart engines
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How do you do the Camshaft on an pushrod engine? Maybe just for overhead cam engines?

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It attaches to where the motor mounts bolt to the block. I like it because it allows to to bolt on the fly wheel, but you probably can't put on exhaust manifolds.
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Jumping in with a couple more stand questions.

Forgive my ignorance as I've never used one before.

Will a stand with a 750lb weight limit be enough for a 300tdi? or should I be trying to get a 1000lb limit.

Also will I be able to mount the engine so as to allow access to replace the rear oil seal?

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Most engine stands will not allow for access of the rear main seal.
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Most engine stands will not allow for access of the rear main seal.

That's what I feared.... I guess I'll do with the engine in place then. Saves a bit of cash though.
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Jumping in with a couple more stand questions.

Forgive my ignorance as I've never used one before.

Will a stand with a 750lb weight limit be enough for a 300tdi? or should I be trying to get a 1000lb limit.

Also will I be able to mount the engine so as to allow access to replace the rear oil seal?

Will

CAN tire should have some options?

1000lb stand is usually more stable with the TDI on it but the 750 is sufficient (remember that you may be adding the equivalent of 150lbs of weight when torquing large bolts)

Yes on some stands having enough room in the Tdi mounting with room to access the rear seal - look at offset depth on the arms and mount them high on the block (limits rotation as the weight is far off center)
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I usually just use the engine hoist to hold the engine while I install the rear main seal. I've also just put the block on a work bench to do it.
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