Entering into my first full rebuild - '68 TR6. Does anyone have any suggestion/plans for a simple engine stand. I have bench space and could make floor space for a stand. I'm just into the top-end with the motor still in the frame but will soon pull the motor and it needs a home! Any advice, lessons learned, suggestions are appreciated.
This is just a personal view and I guess other posters will have their own (probably different )views. One of the best investments I have ever made is a bike lift. Not the little things that just go under the bike but a full length lift that you roll the bike onto. This gives a good (and variable) height to work on various parts of the bike. How does this relate to the question of the engine stand?--one might ask. Well I use the bike lift to strip down the engine (and other parts of the bike). With particular reference to the engine I strip off the head, barrel, primary drive, clutch, alternator, timing cover, timing gears, gearbox including outer and inner covers and gear sets. Then I take the remains of the engine out of the frame. By then it is easy to lift and adjust. I then split the cases on the bench and rebuild the cases on the bench. There are engine stands available on E-Bay for about $50 and these are rotatable (if that is a word) but I have never used one. As soon as the cases are together I put it into the frame---at this stage it doesnt weigh much so you can install it without messing up the paint on the frame. I then build the rest of the engine in the frame using the bike lift to get everything to a good working height. HTH
Interesting topic. Trident man makes an excellent point, and the bike itself is likely the best "stand". However, there are other times that a free standing fixture is useful. As noted, they are available fairly cheap or you can build your own. I've done both, with satisfactory results.
Here's one I bought off eBay for unit BSA's works pretty well.
This one I built, originally for a Triumph I think, presently being modified to handle a Matchless.
However, there are times that you need to adapt. For example:
I built this stand for a P11 project, because it wasn't enough just to get the bike up in the air. I had to get under it to get the motor and trans spacing right. I still use this stand for other bikes, mostly pre-unit types that need alignment. Easy to build and works like a charm.
So you have options. Just buy a simple stand or better yet use your imagination. Design and build what works best for your particular situation.
PS. Pardon the mess of my shop workbench. Been a really nasty summer!
Me too--one 4" vice and one 6" vice---the latter holds the engine when out of the bike. But--as soon as the crankcase halves are together it is into the bike frame and do the rest of the assembly using the bike lift to get a good working height. This way the engine is at its lightest as you put it back in the frame---the frame that you have lovingly repainted and dont want to damage. Works for me but---everyone to their own--it would be a strange old world if we all did everything the same. HTH
Me too--one 4" vice and one 6" vice---the latter holds the engine when out of the bike. But--as soon as the crankcase halves are together it is into the bike frame and do the rest of the assembly using the bike lift to get a good working height.This way the engine is at its lightest as you put it back in the frame---the frame that you have lovingly repainted and dont want to damage. Works for me but---everyone to their own--it would be a strange old world if we all did everything the same.HTH
Yes, and the engine properly braced in the frame gives you far better leverage for torquing the main crank & clutch nuts (and everything else).
GrandPaul (does not use emoticons) Author of the book "Old Bikes" Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European "The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"