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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2002, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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OT - Good and Bad new toys!

Well, I got a new 2 ton shop crane (on sale at HF for $159), load leveler and 2000lb engine stand all for less than $300.

I decided to give them a spin tonight and finish the frame stripping by pulling the 304.

The shop crane is great! I don't know how I would have done this without one and I can already see using it for so many other things!

The load leveler really helps with getting the engine to sit in the right plane so that the tranny can slip out, then adjusts back to level so easily.

The engine stand is super strong and rolls really well with a complete 304 (nothing removed beforehand!) on it.

Here's the problem:

The legs for the crane and the legs for the engine stand are perfectly set not to fit together! I couldn't get the stand anywhere near the engine!!!!

I had to muscle the engine over to meet the engine stand slipped offset to the crane and then force it into place.

I'm going to have to look into a new stand before I start the rebuild as this one sucks.

I love the crane though. The harbor freight sale is on unitl the 14th.

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Re: OT - Good and Bad new toys!

I had the same issues with the equipment I used. What I did was pull the engine plate from the stand and bolted it to the block. Then raised the hoist until the stand collar would fit on the plates shaft and put in the pin. Then it's pretty easy to lower the stand and grunt it around so both sets of legs are offset.
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