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Old 11-18-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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Finally broke down and got what I need. Well, some of it, I always need more tools.

One engine lift, folds up so it'* out of the way when not being used.
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And, a engine stand. Now I can mount that transmission to work on it. I can also bolt the extra set of heads I have so porting them will be a breeze.
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My life just got a little easier. I love tools.
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Wow. I'm jealous. Something that can be used to lift an engine, or babysit the kids (hook the belt, jack em up) while you work on the car.

Seriously, nice additions.
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Hmm, baby sitter. Now you got me thinking.
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Sweet tools. I have a similar stand (maybe the same). Having a 4 wheel instead of a 3 wheel makes a huge difference and is much nicer You will enjoy that extra wheel.

Building your trans bracket yet? A friend mentioned that the trans should ideally be about 3 inches from the support post of the stand in order for the trans to rotate fully.

I found the proper spacing by leaving the movable piece (usually bolted to motor) on the rotisserie of the stand and bolting that to the hole that is on all 4T65'*
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Then I made the other part of the bracket go directly to the rotisserie for strength.
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Overall it works great
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In making the bracket, I found bolting the one hole to the trans and then making the rest of the bracket etc, and welding while on the trans worked really well. Since the rotisserie part comes out of the stand, this was rather easy. I tried to center the majority of the weight in the center of the rotisserie to make rolling it over as easy as possible. Versus a motor with heads on it that stickup and make it top heavy.
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That'* about what I was thinking about. My plan is to use 1x1 square stock for that brace on the trans. Then have that come out past the trans. Reason for that is mounting a small shelf that is removable. When I flip the trans I put the shelf back on. It'* always nice to have a flat spot to put bolts and tools. I'm going to go right now and measure.

I found a 3 wheel cart that was a bit less, but didn't like it. I felt the 4 wheel looked more stable. Took my measurements, and looks like it will be 7" tall, and come out 26"
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In my pic the servo cover is already missing on the back of the trans. That'* the one thing you need to clear for a full rotation.

Tell me more about the tray ...or better yet build it and take pics. it would be nice to have a flat surface when working on them.
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I might just add 2" and then add a spacer to the bottom mount.
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Whatever appears to work the best. .... c'mon though. I need more info on this tray.

Ohhh using square stock, you could allow the tray to sit flat at any of the usual 4 stopping points. rkr
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Hard to explain. But using square stock and then a square insert. You just pull it off, flip the trans, put the shelf back on. Might want to put a pin threw to keep it on. Put a few holes to hold screwdrivers and wrenches, what ever is needed. Big shelf, small shelf, what ever you need.
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