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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:09 am 
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Hi James I’ve just taken my 1850 engine and gearbox out on Saturday and was wondering how on earth to fit the engine to my recently purchased stand and was very dubious about trying to use the puny bell housing bolts. Thought I would do a topic search this morning and saw your thread. Clearly the last comment was a couple of months back - are you in production yet? I could certainly do with one please. PS: I’ve not paid much attention to the exhaust manifold side of the block and forgive my ignorance - where do the bolts from your excellent bracket connect?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:22 am 
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I usually remove the engine/gearbox adaptor plates, clutch, flywheel & rear crankshaft seal plate and bolt directly to the block, if you need to get on with it of course, but if you can wait for James' adaptor they are great. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:27 pm 
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What's the current score on the adaptors James? Am very much at that point where I need to dress my engine with flywheel, clutch and head prior to install. Life will be much easier if I can use the stand rather than a crane which I have not yet purchased.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:44 pm 
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Hi all,

I’ve been doing some reading of the threads gaining more knowledge of the dolly as I have just purchased an 1850 with lots of spares (see the parts section)
The car has the engine and box removed but comes with 4 spares engines, I will minimum take off the heads to check them, possibly even check the mains while I’m at it. So I will put it on the engine stand, then I read this thread about mounting it on the side, great idea.

I am going to make my own mount this weekend but I will do it in thick aluminium plate (just because it’s what I do every day and I might as well use what I have at work :D
It will be strong enough, and I will weld in a gusset support. (He says crossing his fingers)

Will post a picture when it’s done.

I’m also going to make (ally of course) and engine test stand, firstly to test my engine but also to test the others before sale, or even so I can show a potential customer.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:58 pm 
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Hi all, apologies I've been really swamped with the kids and school holidays.

They are in the pipeline, I just need to order the materials.

I wouldn't build it from Ali. I don't think it would take the torsion involved. Currently I'm using 4mm box section gusseted.

Once I have done Aluns TR I'll try and get the materials ordered then I can take some orders.

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:37 pm 
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I will give it a go James, purely because I work with Ali everyday and I have the offcuts.

Taking a slightly different approach though. It will be 10mm thick large angle iron, joined facing opposite and gusseted. (If that makes sense) :D to create a kind of z shape.
A picture paints a thousand words, so once made I will post one up.

If not, then it will be in steel next, but I have faith. :shock:

Ps. I sat the other night and read your entire resto! Wow nice!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:29 pm 
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Quickly made a prototype this evening.
In the end it comes out at 18mm thick, seem welded and plug welded for strength.
Mounted it on the engine, But can’t test it on the engine stand because the old one has gone missing, so I ordered a new one €40 inc delivery!

(How on earth do you upload pictures from an I-pad) :?:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:38 pm 
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Tested it today on a bare engine, no extras on it.
It worked perfectly, really sturdy and strong.

Then I fitted a fully dressed engine with both manifolds, clutch etc, also absolutely no problems.

The 4 small engine mounting bolts would break before this does :D so I’m pleased.

I took pictures but I can’t upload from my I pad. (Can I email them to someone and you upload them for me) :bluewave:


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Under the box where you put the text is a blue “P Add image to post” thing. Click on it, follow the instructions.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:56 pm 
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Random image test.

Shaun - it’s really easy to upload images from an iPad, I hate all things Apple so if I can do it.....

Start a new post.
Under the box where you put the text is a blue “P Add image to post” thing. Click on it, follow the instructions.
You sir are a genius! :bluewave:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:14 am 
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Looking good Shaun!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:53 am 
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Thanks Sam :bluewave:

I’m now going to make an engine test stand :D
So once rebuilt I can run up the engines to check them over


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Hi all, apologies I've been really swamped with the kids and school holidays.

They are in the pipeline, I just need to order the materials.

I wouldn't build it from Ali. I don't think it would take the torsion involved. Currently I'm using 4mm box section gusseted.

Once I have done Aluns TR I'll try and get the materials ordered then I can take some orders.

Cheers!
Any news on the brackets yet please?

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