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Old 12-04-2004, 01:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Plans for and engine test stand

Well i've tried googling for this but does anybody know of any engine test stand plans for automotive use. My dad wants to build one for my mustang and other engines his friends have. Plus I could use it on all of my friends vehicles.
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, I'm kinda exhausted right now, so I'll post the quick answer now, and the long, typical engineer answer later.

First, 2 inch, 1/4 wall box tube is your friend.

Tha's a bad ass land and sea dyno set up right there. I think it lists for about $1500 minus the water brake, battery and cooling tower.

I built almost the same thing for 50 bucks for testing motorcycle engines. It has a 2 inch box frame base, casters and an AL pan on the bottom where we mounted the gas tank and battery, just like in the pic.

The motorcycle engine itself was mounted in a cradle and then bolted to the base frame. In this case its a 2002 F4I Honda.

Well I'll post the long version later, and I'll see if I can dig up the pics and Acad drawings of the stand.

In this pic the cradle is just resting on some crappy table. I can't find the pic of the bottom stand yet, hopefully I can find it soon.

Overall, making it fit and compatible with your space and water brake is what is important. Some 2 inch box tube should make an awesome base and you can just build up from there.

The other system I worked with is what I had inherited. Think 2 12 inch steel I-beams with a 1/2 inch steal plate bolted on top. God awful heavy but effective. Some 2 inch steel legs were welded up to connect the engine to the base. Thats a turbocharged F3 on it.
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Old 12-07-2004, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well the metal I can get for relatively cheap ( I have connections for that ). The only problems I see that are going to be a problem is the mounting of the engine. I want to be able to make it so I can fit various makes and models of engines small block or big block ford, dodge, chevy, etc... I can make universal plates that mount onto the block itself. All in all it should be pretty easy and not too expensive considering how much hassle it will save me. I just have to take some dimensions of my friends 390 ford so I make sure to make the stand big enough.
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