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Engine Cradle #903784 Sat Dec 15 2012 10:48 AM
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raleigh58 Offline OP
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Anyone have plans for an engine cradle to hold a 235 6-cylinder engine or know of a supplier for the same type of cradle that can be purchased?

Re: Engine Cradle [Re: raleigh58] #903788 Sat Dec 15 2012 10:57 AM
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Look at this tech tip, I have made 3 of them and like them for storage, I put wheels on mine. Dave http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/engine_dolly.html


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Re: Engine Cradle [Re: raleigh58] #903789 Sat Dec 15 2012 11:01 AM
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BigTonka had some posts showing his 235 running on one. I believe he bought it at Princess Auto here in Canada. Princess Auto in canada is similar to Habour Freight.


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Re: Engine Cradle [Re: homer52] #903802 Sat Dec 15 2012 11:41 AM
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raleigh58 Offline OP
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Homer52,

Exactly what I had in mind. I'll put the horizontal 2" x 6"s on top of the 4" x 4"s. The 2" x 6"s are prone to split out when notched like those shown.

Re: Engine Cradle [Re: raleigh58] #903866 Sat Dec 15 2012 07:23 PM
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That stand works great! I have one in service myself....


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Re: Engine Cradle [Re: raleigh58] #903900 Sat Dec 15 2012 11:44 PM
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I made two of those rolling stands. As others have stated, they work great. Our Canadian pine might have tighter grain than southern pine? No splits in either of mine. I roll them around with no problems.


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- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Engine Cradle [Re: tclederman] #904056 Sun Dec 16 2012 07:39 PM
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raleigh58 Offline OP
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Yes, it was an observation based on the material properties of Southern Yellow Pine.

Thanks guys!

Re: Engine Cradle [Re: tclederman] #904065 Sun Dec 16 2012 08:05 PM
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Gents,
I really like the tech tips "engine dolly". It looks like it can hold the engine while you work on it. A good friend showed me how to make one on the fly when I was moving from Nc to Az. It is basically two 2X4, two 2X8, and two 2X2's w/ framing crews. Once I got settled in, I picked up a furniture dolly and had the engine sit on it so I can easily move it around the garage. It has held up for the past 2 1/2 years. Here are a few pics.

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Re: Engine Cradle [Re: Bread] #904185 Mon Dec 17 2012 11:51 AM
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raleigh58 Offline OP
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Bread,

You and Homer got me to thinking. I had made a crude wooden engine support a long time ago and had it sitting on a metal dolly that had really small wheels. It worked, but I always thought the dolly too small and frame not quite what I wanted. I found the frame, so I drug it out and had considered using it. The more I look at the pictures from the two of you, the more I am inclined to follow your leads.

Thanks guys,

Re: Engine Cradle [Re: raleigh58] #904195 Mon Dec 17 2012 12:37 PM
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I made one for my 261 from the Tech Tips as well.
I bought casters from Harbor Freight that by rating (+-270 lbs each), should have worked... but in reality, did not.
I'd get better casters and also recommend swivels on all 4. It's much easier to manuever into a parking spot!
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