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Old 11-27-2018, 09:50 PM
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I looked everywhere for a stand for these engines. Anybody ever built/bought one or adapting something else?
I'm currently looking to adapt the Harbor Freight 1,000 lbs. stand:
https://www.harborfreight.com/1000-l...and-69886.html

I'd mainly just use the upright and replace all of the other tubing and putting larger casters on it to get the engine hoist legs to slide under it. Been kicking around the idea of using all of the original tubing and running parallel tubing on each side of the longer center/lower piece for uprights to bolt to the motor mounts, and making outriggers for it.
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I looked everywhere for a stand for these engines. Anybody ever built/bought one or adapting something else?
I'm currently looking to adapt the Harbor Freight 1,000 lbs. stand:
It should work. Just a matter of what kind of bolts. You shouldn't have to modify it (much). Also the 4.2 isn't really that heavy so your stand will have some structural wiggle room.

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and putting larger casters on it to get the engine hoist legs to slide under it
Or just bring the engine hoist in from the front of the stand. You'd be grabbing the engine facing the right way.

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Been kicking around the idea of using all of the original tubing and running parallel tubing on each side of the longer center/lower piece for uprights to bolt to the motor mounts, and making outriggers for it.
If you really want to, but it might interfere with rotating the engine to get to the bottom end. The 4200 should be one of the lighter engines these stands ever see. Unless you are planning on taking it to the rodeo on that stand then it should be adequate for an overhaul etc.

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I've got another engine rebuild stand, but don't want to tie it up (the $130.00 HF fold-up stand). I have a 351M Ford engine to rebuild after the Trail Blazer Project is done. I was mainly thinking of getting the $40.00 HF stand to modify and use as a storage stand for the extra 4.2 L Trail Blazer engine. I'm pretty sure the hoist legs will go around the cheaper HF stand. Then I can make outriggers to install at any time if I wanted to use it as a run stand. Kinda modular set-up for the radiator support, etc... I'll go out in the garage and make some more measurements soon. This route should be cheaper than building a stand from scratch. Nobody makes a storage stand for these engines, AFAIK. Modifying a stupidly overpriced stand is nuts. Glad HF is there!
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I've got another engine rebuild stand, but don't want to tie it up (the $130.00 HF fold-up stand). I have a 351M Ford engine to rebuild after the Trail Blazer Project is done. I was mainly thinking of getting the $40.00 HF stand to modify and use as a storage stand for the extra 4.2 L Trail Blazer engine. I'm pretty sure the hoist legs will go around the cheaper HF stand. Then I can make outriggers to install at any time if I wanted to use it as a run stand. Kinda modular set-up for the radiator support, etc... I'll go out in the garage and make some more measurements soon. This route should be cheaper than building a stand from scratch. Nobody makes a storage stand for these engines, AFAIK. Modifying a stupidly overpriced stand is nuts. Glad HF is there!
Sounds like you have a plan, and yes love Harbor Freight.
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