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Old 01-10-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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I am interested in building an engine test stand to start and run my flatheads on. Does any one have some plans , pictures of ones they have built or used ....... Thanks
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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I want to do this also. Got a cross member from a '46 Ford that a guy pulled out to put in a Mustang II front end. I think I will first build a rectangular frame on some wheels that this cross member will sit on and then fabricate a radiator mount ahead of that. I think that the rear engine support will be just a cross brace that bolts to the bell housing. Build a little support in the rear to mount an instrument panel to and that will be it.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:49 AM   #3
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Here's my test stand I built many years ago. Basically two 5' 1X3x1/8" channel pieces for the frame, and about 20' of 1 1/2X1/8" angle iron. You can make it as fancy or simple as you want. The radiator is for a large fork lift I bought from a local shop very reasonable, and has several hose nipples for flatheads and FE/385 Ford big blocks. The 110V house fan eliminates the need for a belt-driven fan. The Moon tank is overkil, but had to have one.



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Old 01-11-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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Now, that's what I'm talkin' about! Nice work!

I see that you are running an electric fuel pump, but you could probably get by with that, right?
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:00 AM   #5
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Bob, that's a real nice setup!! Makes me want to build one.
When I visited Vern Tardel in Santa Rosa, CA last year, I noticed that he had a nice test stand in his garage. He had a FH engine running on it while I was there. If I can find my pictures, I will post them later.

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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Heres one of two we use at the shop. This one is a thrown away ( saved) 235 six cylinder that we use to test carbs ( 2 barrells and singles). I use the sync flow tool to balance carbs and match flow up for multiple set ups. ( saves tuning on the car). Note the front and rear are mounted with a tube inside a square piece to allow adjustment for what ever you wish. Tools stay with the cart ( paint id)..Have different adapters for carbs......
My other stand like this one is a V* unit ( right now has a running 283 Chevy ( taboo on Ford Barn).......
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:37 AM   #7
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The easy way to do this is with the front half of a junk frame and any efv8 truck or car frame works up to 1948.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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Here is a simple one that works for me.


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I love the gas tank on the last one!!!!
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #10
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wow, great stand.....very nice....Mike
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:00 PM   #11
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I think all these engine stands are beautiful, there is only one thing wrong with them.
They destroy rings, especially new ones. Now if you could put a load on the engine, that's another story. But these make it too easy for you to start up your engine everytine s0me of the guys come over to visit, and every time you run it your ga lazing up the rings. Thr only way to fix this it to re hone the cylinders and replace the rings. Now if you want to run your engine stand, first install the engine in your car. Put 4-500 miles on it, and then put it into your engine stand.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:30 PM   #12
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Ole Ron is correct in that if left on the stand too long it will not be good on the rings, then again Vern Tardal says he runs his in on a test stand to check for leaks and to retorque the heads after a heat cycle, seem like both are somewhat correct--as an Engineman in the Navy, I used to get in trouble because I would not crank up the diesels and run them for hours waiting for departure, that just carboned up the 71 series GM engines, would warm them up, check out and shut down-used to drive the Captain crazy!!
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Can't you just throw a little sand down the carb to knock off the glaze?
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:05 PM   #14
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I can understand where Ron is coming from...... but.....Most of us have not spent years building 100's of engines like Ron. I am never sure that maybe I did something wrong in the rebuild and like to start it on the stand to listen to it run. I understand the process of "breaking in/seating" the rings. I don't believe an hour or two on the stand does much "damage". Maybe I am wrong. Then I can re-torque the heads and pull the intake to double check the valve settings and easily check for leaks. John
P S The EFV8 club had a new engine raffle last year. They had it on a trailer and displayed it at many shows. starting it up all the time and selling raffle tickets. That engine must have had a hundred hours on it. Never heard a report how it ran in a car.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:49 PM   #15
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Yes, start it up, checks for leaks and oil pressure. Maybe let it run at 150-2000 RPM to warm up. THEN, put it in the car and drive it. When you buy a new car the engine hasn't been run other than on or off the trailer. Now you drive it home.
I personalty don't care what you do, but we argue about the cost of building these engines si I guess as Joey says This is a MOO point" a cows opinion
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:13 PM   #16
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The pictures of the test stands , information about them is good & is what I am looking for........ any more out there? I am getting some good ideas as everyone has built them a little different.
Ol' Ron ,
how long of run time before you start creating problems with the rings ?
My thoughts for the stand was to use it to break the cam in , have a small amount of run time on the engine , do some final checks to ensure everything looks good before taking the time to install it in the car & then find out you have problems. I could have it drive a load , how much of a load on the engine would you recommend ........ Thanks
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:59 PM   #17
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I have no idea. Breaking in the cam?? This I don't understand. If the engine is running with out making some scary noises, ol pressure or any other BAD things, put it in the car. If it has to come out for some reason, just take it out. WE;ve taken Georges Ardun out so many times, we've got the time down to a few hrsand it only has a 1/2 clearance all around. Fun stuff.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:52 AM   #18
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Friends new 4 banger on engine test stand, Bruce



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Old 01-12-2011, 08:04 AM   #19
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Here is my test stand. I only run engines long enough to set timing check leaks, temp and oil pressure. I re-torque and run up to temp. a second time. Total time 30 minutes. No problems with 4 engines built so far.
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Here's my test stand. I just removed a defective engine.
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