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Author Topic:   Engine test stand
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted November 20, 2002 12:37 PM
Just wondering if any of you run your engines in on a test stand before they go in your car. We were thinking of building something that we could break them in on that way we can check for leaks, break cam in, seat rings, and adjust lash before it goes in the car. That way it would save time and if something were to go wrong it would be on the stand and not in the car on the track.....

I have found a stand online but they want 700$ for it and there is nothing to it so i am sure we can build one cheaper,. just wanted to see if anyone has built or has plans for a stand that might want to offer up some info.

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted November 20, 2002 01:20 PM
I've seen homemade ones that hold the motor and tranny secure. It had a small radiator on it and a manual guage cluster.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted November 20, 2002 02:02 PM
Yeah thats what i am talking about.. prob wont do the tranny though. Was thinking of using mid plate at the rear bolted to uprights. Have a little guage cluster, battery, and fuel tank with electric pump(if needed) everything would be self contained and portable if need be.

Any body else have any ideas. Or suggestions.

rico 08
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted November 20, 2002 02:08 PM
they work ok just make a loop in the back to bolt to back of block and weld that to two runners running lengthways along floor and off of those weld two uprights for motor mounts and then on front another loop to hold rad in place just make sure you're rear loop won't interfere with headers/pipes,anyone can make one.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 368
posted November 20, 2002 05:11 PM
maybe someone could draw up some plans to add to the tool box section?????

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted November 20, 2002 10:39 PM
We do take a i/2 plate and use for motor plate and use trannie of choice layout holes and be sure and line mtr mounts up as sq. and level as posible we use two ram horns so the exhaust isn't a prob' and an old 3 core rad took about 100$ to build it

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 61
posted November 20, 2002 11:45 PM
the one i have used has an electric water
pump on it , so there is no fighting belts.
it has an electric fan on radiator also.
we use it for leak test and break in.
it has a 350 auto tranny that has the
driveshaft yoke bolted up solid . you can put it in gear and "load up" the motor for short periods to check the tune up better than just at idle or no load revving.

[This message has been edited by go4win (edited November 20, 2002).]

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