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    Need help with Engine stand

    Hello Guys,

    Noob here tryin to get my motor up on the stand this weekend and and the support arms started bending pretty badly. I put some pics below to show how I tried bolting it on. What do I have wrong? I pulled it back off immediately and have it rested in a support on the floor for the time being.

    Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.





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    Thats weird all the engine stands ive seen have rectangular tubing for the arms. Everything looks good to me. Engine stand looks like it was made to hold 4 cylinder motors though, maybe time for a new one lol.


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    Get a real engine stand. Not a homemade one.

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    And a quality one at that. No $59.99 super duper on special POS's
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    I think the problem is hardware. Looks like the bolts are bending, not the arms. Get some new grade 8 bolts and make sure things are tight.

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    Thanks Guys. Yeah it is a bit old, it was passed to me from a friend when I moved into my house a couple months back. I was hoping it would be strong enough. I will try the bolts and if that doesnt help I will pony up the cash for a new one.
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    1) The mounting plate should only have 4 holes in it, not slots.
    2) The arms going from the mounting plate to the bell housing bots should be 1"X3/8" flat plate bent in a "U" shape with the pipe welded at the open end of the "U".
    3) The middle of the "U" gives the sliding adjustability needed to mount to multiple shaped bell housing flanges. I made my own this way and it was extremely strong. I have had big blocks and everything in between on mine and it never even flinched. Years ago I took a picture of me and my brother standing on top of an old 283 that was mounted to it. The old stand took it in stride.
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    Looks like ur upper arms r way too long. Either shorten the arms so the bolts are at the top of the slots or better yet drill another set of holes at the top of the slot. Use 1/2" bolts and bolt them tight to the plate. Easy fix!

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