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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 11:16 AM
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How to store engine w/o a stand

I am ready to pull my 6/999 and prepare the jeep for the 360/727. I plan to pull the engine and trans together but it has occured to me I have no idea where to put them so that they do not get damaged and or fall over and squash one of my kids. I was thinking of putting some old tires down and setting it on them, but that does not seem to stable. Can I just lay it on the floor with out damaging any of the components that are still on the engine.

Any input would be appreciated.


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 11:43 AM
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Re: How to store engine w/o a stand

How about a pallet? You can use tie downs to stabilize it and the oil pan should drop down in between the slats of the pallet... Just a suggestion.. Bret

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 12:17 PM
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Re: How to store engine w/o a stand

I've got a 258 waiting for a rebuild, (could be a long wait), that is sitting on the floor of my garage propped up with a couple of split logs. Its been there for a year now and still appears to be plenty stable.

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Re: How to store engine w/o a stand

Back when I had a couple of 460's sitting in my garage I used some 2X10 and 2X12 lumber and built a simple cradle by situating the lumber on its side edge, measure how far apart they need to be to sit on your oil pan edge and then nail some cross braces or whatever you need to keep it stable, sit the engine down resting the edges of the oil pan on the edges of the lumber and voila...
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Re: How to store engine w/o a stand

Go out to a construction site (home or trailer parks are good) and scrounge any wide (2x8,2x10,etc.) scrap lumber. I made a simple rectangle that fit snuggly around the oilpan (OP doesn't touch the floor) and screwed 3' lengths to the short sides to keep it from tipping. It works well.

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Re: How to store engine w/o a stand

Tires work just fine. I use a 38.5 Gumbo but about anything will do. If positioned correctly it'll even keep the tranny and t-case in the air (if it's still bolted on).

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