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Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Re: Building an engine cradle?
Here is one I made.
I used 1 x 2 tubing for the base for rigidity and so I could attach casters. The casters are bolted on so they can be replaced if they break. If you weld the casters on, and one ever breaks, you'll have to grind it off.
The flat plate that attaches to the motor mount bosses on the block came from a local machine shop that manufacturers these plates for a local company.
I used a flat strap for the rear piece. It's .125" X 2"
The uprights are 1' X 1" square tubing.
Sorry about the poor pictures. I've got this thing in a back room with poor lighting.
I designed this whole thing in 2 separate pieces so that it will store in a small place when not being used.
I don't know what the weight limit would be for this design, but I have sat on this block and had a guy push me over bumps in the concrete. It didn't even flex. I suspect it would support whatever you could throw at it.
I pushed the 2 dowels out on the rear of the block. Never got around to drilling a clearance hole in the rear upright for the dowels.
I had a guy who came into the shop and saw this after I made it. He wanted 3 for himself. I never found the time to make them.
Last edited by Mr69; May 26th, 07 at 4:22 AM.