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    QuestionWould you fire up an engine on an engine stand?

    Trawling though youtube stuff I was surprised to see a number of engines being fired up on ordinary engine stands and even a couple on engine hoists. You don't need to be a genius to rule out doing it on a hoist, but what about an engine stand like mine?



    At some point I'll hopefully be firing up the engine I'm assembling. It will leak somehwere I imagine becuase I put it together, and I'd rather sort any little problems like that before I put it in the car. I figured I'd be building a proper test bed some how, but seeing the number of folk that have done it on a normal stand and survived long enough to put a video of it on youtube I'm wondering if that's entirely necessary now. Anyone?
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    i wouldnt trust an engine stand. i always make up a simple frame to mount engine and gearbox as low to the floor as possible (some old angle iron is good enough) i also like to plumb in a radiator so i can get it up to runnung temp to check everythging is working ok. for my 440 i have it all mounted and gauges connected so i can check everything. dont forget to duct the exhaust gasses out of the garage

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    Like he said.
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    Definitely not, go with the Trevd plan.

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    Nah, just stand it on a pallet

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    I've run a RV8 on a stand like that. It was fine and didn't appear to want to jump off it at all. Mind your legs on the open exhaust ports though

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    Had a pal of mine start up a diesel 350 chevy,was just sitting on two bits of wood on the floor,i thought it would jump all around the floor.he started it up reved it up it never moved an inch,if youve got nothing trying to stop the motor turning ie gearbox axle or a car,they dont jump around at all.that engine stand looks like a clarke one there pretty strong,dont see a problem.

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    I would definitely say a Big no Jonny I think you were lucky
    What holding it at the rear just four 3/8 bolts I bet......

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoJive 55 View Post

    What holding it at the rear just four 3/8 bolts I bet......

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    I did a contract for Renault F1 - the back half of the car was attached to the front with just four bolts.....
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    The lesser amount of weight on the crank, the less amount of torque reaction you'll get when you blip it up to 8.5k

    So using a flex plate might be safer than using a 30lb flywheel.

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