Hey guys, I'm working on a side project that should benefit my BBF passion
I'm tired of getting the engine in my car only to find out I have a leaking head gasket, w/p gasket, and/or oil leak(s) that are difficult to address with the engine installed in the car. Therefore, I want to build a start-up stand for my BBF so I can start up the engine to check for these issues before installing it in the car.
It would be very easy to adapt this stand for other engines too. I prefer building this stand over a dyno for numerous reasons: no truck to haul engine to dyno and, honestly, I don't really care what hp it makes right now. I can easily tune the engine in the car.
1) Do flexplates and flywheels use the same starter mounting depth? In other words, can I bolt a manual bell housing on the engine, but use a flexplate to engage the starter?
2) How wide should I build the bottom base? When free-revving an engine...it will torque the car over. Obviously, I don't want the engine to tip over in the garage.
3) If I mount the fuel tank higher than the carb, can I rely of gravity to feed the carb?
I don't expect to load the engine. I just want to run it and rev it to verify proper sealing. Get some casters, build a box frame, fabricate bolt-on engine stands/motor mounts, support rear of engine (bell housing), mount radiator, etc. It would probably take a full day to build everything, but it sure would be nice to have!
Assuming I haven't left any major components off my list, I only need to buy a bell housing and spend a couple hours of my time to build this thing. Then, I'll have it for any engine I build...
As always, any suggestions, guidance, and/or advice is appreciated.
Have a good day!