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Old Sep 13th, 06, 9:13 PM
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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.

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Old Sep 13th, 06, 11:55 PM
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Engine dolly plans
http://www.classictiger.com/techtips/estand.html

OK it's for a SB and specifically for a FORD but you get the idea.....
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Old Sep 14th, 06, 12:21 AM
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I just used some 3/4 in. plywood and 2x4s I had laying around. I just used the plywood for uprights its as deep as the pan is, and as long. I made it wide enough to set a oil pan on it so the uprights sit under the lip of the pan. used 2x4s across the width. glued and screwd to make a box. glued and screwed this box onto another piece of plywood. screwed 2x4s around the bottom of the base drilled it and bolted casters to it. works great! Jim
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Old Sep 18th, 06, 12:06 PM
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PT.2

Let's take it to the next level:

Where can we find the cheapest dynometer available?

Can we build it ourselves?

Would a TC member be willing to house a unit if several others chip in? (i volunteer) We would probably need one in each major metropolitan area.

If you're serious about performance, you need a dynometer. So i think we should discuss it.
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Old Sep 18th, 06, 12:11 PM
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PT.2

Let's take it to the next level:

Where can we find the cheapest dynometer available?

Can we build it ourselves?

Would a TC member be willing to house a unit if several others chip in? (i volunteer) We would probably need one in each major metropolitan area.

If you're serious about performance, you need a dynometer. So i think we should discuss it.
You should start a new thread with a new topic title.
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