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#1 fly-s30

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

Hey everyone!
Seeing how long a rebuild can take on any car, storage is always essential.
Faced with the same problem myself, I decided something had to be done.
Though this is a little intricate, it was necessary as I needed maximum space savings in the garage.

What I decided to do was build a low cost, simple and highly effective engine cradle/trolley for spare L28 that was inefficiently taking up heaps of room on a "temporary" generic trolley.
What you will need are:
Castor wheels, 4x 65kg capacity, free spinning- $16 from bunnings
Tape measure and rafter square.
Lengths of scrap steel tube and 2 bits of flat plate I had lying around.
Drill and bits.
Welder.
Grinder and cut off wheel/saw.
Angle finder/bevel square.


Basically you need to determine a few things:

1: Overall height of block including sump.
2: Dimensions between engine mount bolt centres width and height off of lowest part of sump.
3: Clearance required.
4: Castor size
5: Tube size

Here is what happened:
Pics 1&2 Got motor out from its "temporary" hiding spot.
Pics 3 Spent a couple of hours drawing up dimensions of, width, height, length, mounting bolt centres, mount angles and most overall dimensions from the block.
Researched weight of long block...160-180kg?
Pics 4 Found scrap tube, bought castors to suit weight, and drew up base frame to suit desired sump to floor clearance, and the irregular offcuts that was going to be used.

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#2 fly-s30

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

Second part of the trolley build.

Once drawn and decided on heights it was mig welded together, and completed in about 6-7 hours with breaks.

The pictures speak for themselves.

The only thing needed is a support at the back of the block, as the mounts are rather far forward on the L28.
With a bit of creative thinking this engine trolley/cradle can be made to suit any motor with engine mount.

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#3 PeterAllen

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

Looks good but I would recommend larger dia castors for easier movement.

These cradles can be used to hold the engine/gearbox while an S30 body is lifted off.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

Or wait till SupaCheep Auto have yet another sale, and pick up theier engine stand, i fitted mine out with a twin set of removable timber shelves ( cut down pallets) and as i dismantle, everything sits on or under the two shelves.

The stand is the one that the rear f the block bolts to, and that bit rotates.
Paid $130 for it.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

I just find abandoned shopping trolleys (side of the road, drains, creeks etc), cut the basket off & weld some scrap RHS or angle iron across for the sump to rest in/on.

Costs me about half hour of my time...


#6 Ledge

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Im getting one of these and modding to suit.

http://radum.com.au/...hp?cPath=17_376

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:14 PM

Shopping trolleys also make good welder trolleys... specially K-Mart garden ones.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

Let's see pics up!  :D




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