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#2446759 - 02/05/18 09:13 AM Engine run test stands
Uncle Barry Offline
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Has anyone ever bought one of these from the Walmart site? https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobile-Engine-Testing-Station
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#2446765 - 02/05/18 09:22 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
Stanton Offline
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Buddy of mine has one. At that price he couldn't resist. Hasn't used it yet. Looks "ok" but you get what you pay for ... $ 220. !!

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#2446771 - 02/05/18 09:29 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Stanton]
Uncle Barry Offline
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I know it's cheap. Just something to use once and fold it up and put it in the corner of the garage. Brother has a welder and figured we could make something work to test fire a new build to break in a cam and check for leaks... That price just has me thinking work laugh2


Edited by Uncle Barry (02/05/18 09:40 AM)
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#2446777 - 02/05/18 09:37 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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Me and my dad built one out of scrap laying around the shop about 15 years ago. Used factory motor mounts and an old 4 speed bellhousing to mount it up. Couple of toggle switches, old MSD box, old fuel pump and gas jug on the floor, some cheap gauges, etc. Very nice to have for cam break in and head retorquing. Mine aint pretty, but it works great.
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#2446780 - 02/05/18 09:42 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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I always pre-run/break-in my engines before I install them. And I just set them on a used truck tire with the radiator screwed to 2 2x4s. It's not pretty, but has worked for me a dozen times or more.
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#2446781 - 02/05/18 09:43 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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We could build one I guess. I just figured this would be easier and take less time than building one.
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#2446815 - 02/05/18 10:27 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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I have never seen one half that price. Its funny they have another that is just about ten times more expensive than this one. I am not sure how they are going to start the engine in the picture. Bare crank flange out the back!

Keep us posted on this.

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#2446817 - 02/05/18 10:30 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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On second glance I think that engine has been photo shopped into the stand lol.
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#2447224 - 02/05/18 10:07 PM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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I got mine from Summit. Yeah, it cost a bit more. $500 + $100 for the gauges. But it's strong as hell, works real well, rolls around my garage easy enough, and I feel comfortable with my motors hanging off of them. I feel I got my money's worth.
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#2448926 - 02/08/18 11:57 PM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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For $219.00 the Walmart rig is really not a bad deal, comes with gauges, fuel tank, and even some engine sending units and small parts. Perfect for a spare that's for sure. Not a piller of strength but sturdy enough, I'm sure it will work just fine.

Here's a working link Walmart Test Stand


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#2449045 - 02/09/18 09:09 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
340Cuda Offline
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Thanks for the photos.

Summit sells what appears to be the same unit for about $100 more.

Somebody there complained that it was a one gallon tank rather than the five gallon tank described but I think I would prefer small tank.

Do you plan to mount a radiator? If so what is the plan.

Thanks,
Bill

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#2449049 - 02/09/18 09:25 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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Originally Posted By Uncle Barry
Has anyone ever bought one of these from the Walmart site? https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobile-Engine-Testing-Station



Barry I bought some plans and started building my own because I didn't want to buy a cheap piece of crap and bandaid it to make it stronger. Mine is about 80% finished, bought gauges, and I bought a fixture off a Moparts member to mount a starter on a big block. I think I have it sold as I have been trying to clean-up some but if the deal falls through I can let you know if you are interested. It is made to fold up so you can lean it against the wall if you want to.


New engine breakin bench 003 by John Cadamore, on Flickr

engine stand 001 by John Cadamore, on Flickr


engine stand 002 by John Cadamore, on Flickr
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#2449052 - 02/09/18 09:37 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: pittsburghracer]
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Originally Posted By pittsburghracer
I bought a fixture off a Moparts member to mount a starter on a big block.

Does anyone make something like this for a small block?

Thanks,
Bill

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#2449062 - 02/09/18 10:01 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: 340Cuda]
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Originally Posted By 340Cuda
Originally Posted By pittsburghracer
I bought a fixture off a Moparts member to mount a starter on a big block.

Does anyone make something like this for a small block?

Thanks,
Bill


any pics showing what these adapter[s] look like ?
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#2449065 - 02/09/18 10:07 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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w/r/t break in on a stand: the rings will only seat from combustion pressure, must be run against a load.
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#2449069 - 02/09/18 10:08 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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Built this from free scrap, yes it looks like a free test stand shock

No need for a radiator, just hook upp your garden hose and regulate the engine temp whit a ball valve..... and you have "free" hot water in the other garden hose... grin


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#2449074 - 02/09/18 10:15 AM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: polyspheric]
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Originally Posted By polyspheric
w/r/t break in on a stand: the rings will only seat from combustion pressure, must be run against a load.




I kinda like to tinker so it looked like a cool project. But I mainly did it because both Matt and I were running solid lifter cams in our engines. I figured because I take my inner springs out it would keep my old, fat butt from stretching over the fender replacing the inner springs. Now I only have one engine (my 422) with a solid lifter cam and I hope to put a roller cam in it eventually.
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Untitled by John Cadamore, on Flickr





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#2449142 - 02/09/18 01:33 PM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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i built my own using a stock k frame and some old scrap. make sure its tall enough your cherry picker legs will slide under it.


Untitled by nevin saum, on Flickr
Untitled by nevin saum, on Flickr
Untitled by nevin saum, on Flickr
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#2449146 - 02/09/18 01:39 PM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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I just used an extra k frame. I was able to make sure headers cleared everything while being able to run in the engine. I had the K frame sitting on jack stands. I bundled a radiator and box fan together and sat it in front of the engine. I used a bell housing and some scrap steel to make a panel with gauges, switch and orange box. It wasn't portable, but worked well.
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#2449299 - 02/09/18 07:53 PM Re: Engine run test stands [Re: Uncle Barry]
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So what are you fellas using for a fly wheel when you run on a test stand?
Would an old torque converter work?

Thanks,

Digger73 (Mike)
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