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Why pay for an engine stand (and have it up in your way all the time, when all you really need to do is just store an engine? Chances are, you already have the materials laying around. Even if you don't, they're readily (and cheaply) available at any hardware store. And soon, you'll have all kinds of shop space available after Steve shows you a quick and easy way to...
Build an Engine Dolly / Caddy
(19 January 2008)
Stephen "Farmdog" Peterson
1947 Chevy 2-Ton COE
I think I have a simple idea people might find useful for moving engines around.
I have a few 235's that I'm going to be using for parts and I didn't want to just have them laying on the floor and hard to move. I designed this engine caddy to make it easier to move them.
I have built three so far [ here's a picture of two of them in use ] and every time, each one had a bit of an improvement. This design seems to work pretty well.
The materials list is pretty short. You need 4 feet of 4 x 4, a single 8' 2 x 6, some 3" screws and casters with lag bolts to hold them on.
Here is the assembly information in pdf format.
This works pretty good on the Inline 6's but I haven't tried it on any other engines. I'm sure you could adapt it by adjusting the width.
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