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Engine Stand suggestions for a 390

As I get set to remove the engine, I will need a place to store and work on and store it. I am looking for suggestions on a good quality stand...probably 1 ton. I am also want to know if the gear type rotation is worth the extra money.

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I would think the gear reduction would be worth it, especially if the engine is fully assembled. I have a 351W on a basic stand and it's so top heavy, I had to get a 3' length of iron pipe to turn the engine over. That, and it would be safer if you try to be creative when trying to flip over an engine without the gear reduction. I put a lug wrench in the original handle to make it longer and almost paid dearly when gravity took effect.


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my cheapy from HF worked fine. If I needed to buy another I think I would start on CL.

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For what it's worth, I bought a regular engine stand from AutoZone for my 460. It held it fine and I was able to rotate it with a 18" pipe. Just grease the collar so it rotates easier.


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I bought a stand to hold the all aluminum 4.6L DOHC engine from a 2004 Mach 1. This engine is hundreds of pounds lighter than your FE. I bought a stand with the without the geared rotation mechanism, never again. In trying to rotate the engine, the supplied handle bent to where it was useless. Eventually, I hooked up my engine hoist to one of the exhaust manifolds and lifted it with a strap finishing the rotation with a replacement handle. I like the idea of using a high torque drill motor to run the geared drive.

Another thought, if you buy a good one, you can sell it for more when you are done with it.

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Another thought, if you buy a good one, you can sell it for more when you are done with it.
That is a good thought. Hopefully this hobby will still be around when when I am done with it😊!

Any particular brands or supplier you would recommend for a higher end hobbyist stand?
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I've had full engines of every shape and size on various engine stands and never had trouble turning them over. I usually throw the handle in the scrap bin and just grab the engine to turn it over.
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Iíve had the HF stands for eons. Iíd prefer something a bit beefier and easier to rotate. They can rotate but itís a pain. OTC and Sunex both make some good looking geared stands but the going rate is $500 to a kilo buck.

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Eastwood has a reasonably priced one:


https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-ez...ine-stand.html
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Do you think I could get away with a half ton stand? I am not sure what a stock 390 weighs with all of the add-ons....alternator, PS, AC Compressor.
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Do you think I could get away with a half ton stand? I am not sure what a stock 390 weighs with all of the add-ons....alternator, PS, AC Compressor.
You should be fine. IIRC the FE weighs around 650.

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My wife bought my last one for me from Jegs with-out gear drive.

Gear drive would be a nice option if you worked on a lot of engines or were in a classroom constantly rotating the engine, for a One-Time-Only, I'd spend the money on something else.
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Do you think I could get away with a half ton stand? I am not sure what a stock 390 weighs with all of the add-ons....alternator, PS, AC Compressor.

I think you better get the 1 ton stand or in general, a 4 roller one with bracing from the vertical stem to the central base bar. The crank thing is not something I've ever needed. I just make sure and grease the tube really good. Heaviest thing I'm rolling though is a Cleveland.


If you have some good welding skills you can get an old(emphasis on old) 3 roller one for maybe 25 bucks, convert it to a 4 roller(install a 2 wheel front bar), gusset the main tube on all 4 sides and put support bars on the vertical stem. It should handle a 390 ok but I would just be guessing.


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