hello guys, haven't had much time to visit here lately but this forum was the first one I thought of when a question arose.
I'd like to build an engine run stand. while I know that I can purchase one where is the fun in that? besides, the least expensive one that has interested me is almost $900. I figure I can probably build one for a third of that.
anyway, a member of another forum that I frequent came up with his own design and posted it on the forum but leaves a lot of the details out, most importantly the wall thickness of the square tubing he is using. here is a pic of his almost finished product.
my question is this. the stringers that run from the front of the frame to the rear are 40" in his plans but I will be lengthening them to 44". what wall thickness do you guys think the 2"x2" tubing should be? I'm mostly concerned about the strength of the front to rear stringers since I believe these are the ones that will carry all the load being that they will have the verticals that the motor mounts will bolt to. the engine is a Ford 302 that weighs in at about 450-500lbs in full trim.
any help will be highly appreciated.
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