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Old 02-19-2011, 03:32 PM
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What do you think of me buying two engine stands from Harbor Freight (they've got cheap ones for $39.95 ea.).
Get two 2X6's, 5ft. long, and mount them on each end of my bare El Camino frame (at the frams horns). Then mount the swivel heads from the engine stands to the centers of the 2X6's. Slide the swivel heads into the engine stands and voi-la a frame rotisserie.
The frame should be at a good working height for welding, grinding, sanding,painting, and plumbing for fuel and brakes.
As I said at the start of the post, what do you think?

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:41 PM
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My only 2 concerns would be weight capacity and structural strength.
Two 1000 lb engine stands should have plenty of weight capacity (I try to have double the rated capacity of the actual weight I will use). My concern with this would be the welds on a harbor freight engine stand. Maybe add braces? Your basic idea is sound, and I have looked at doing this myself. Should work ok.

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Old 02-19-2011, 03:48 PM
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I've seen someone do that before. But like above I would only use ones that I felt could handle the twice the weight.
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:09 PM
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I saw the ad in the April 2011 edition of Street Rodder magazine, 1000 lb. capacity, regular price of $69.99, sale price of $39.99 (it's a super coupon). My son and I can pick up the bare frame (gave him the heaviest end!). I fabricated things with tubing, angle iron, and up to 8 gauge plate so strengthening won't be a problem (I weld too) because I did it for well over 30 years.

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Old 02-19-2011, 04:17 PM
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I've seen someone do that before. But like above I would only use ones that I felt could handle the twice the weight.
You might have seen it over at MR. The people were building a Monte pro-street (I think).

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$39.95 ea.,not bad!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:54 PM
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when you support both ends of the load with a stand it will be much easier weight on each stand than the using just one. puts the load straight down stand instead of down and out. should work great.
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I would also check the casters to make sure they roll and turn freely. I would also add gussets to the stands. Work smarter not harder.
BTW I would use 2x8's just cause I'm a wimp.
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Check it out at HarborFreight.com, it's the LOT NO. 32916. It's regular $69.99, it's on sale for $59.99, and if you use the coupon the price is $39.99! It's not a "T" bottom frame, it's the "H" bottom frame with 4 casters. The coupon sale is good until 6/15/11

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Old 02-19-2011, 06:06 PM
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i did the same thing with my frame i used very large engine stand(tall people)on one end and the other end i used a pipe stand.if i could describe the stand it's a tri pod looking thing with a giant threaded shaft with a big V at the top.i go the stand from a boat storage place.the put them under the boats during storage.that set up worked very well,i used it to paint the frame and install the whole front end too. i don't see why an engine stand on each end wouldn't be up for the task,they don't weight that much
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