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    Moving Engines

    I've acquired a few spare engines over the years, problem is that they get left beside the driveway and the cook complains.
    The engine crane is no use on grass, it's bad enough on the gravel driveway. I've struggled with them on a sack barrow, I could trailer them down the back of the property but still have the problem of unloading.

    Decided to build a frame that an engine could be lifted up in and rolled across the grass.

    I had an electric quad bike someone gave us that I was scrapping so I used the wheels. Purchased some steel and fired up the welder. Added a scissor jack and with a length of Telstra rope it's in action.

    The 2.25 is on it's way down the back followed by two 2.6's and a C240 Isuzu.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I've acquired a few spare engines over the years, problem is that they get left beside the driveway and the cook complains.
    The engine crane is no use on grass, it's bad enough on the gravel driveway. I've struggled with them on a sack barrow, I could trailer them down the back of the property but still have the problem of unloading.

    Decided to build a frame that an engine could be lifted up in and rolled across the grass.

    I had an electric quad bike someone gave us that I was scrapping so I used the wheels. Purchased some steel and fired up the welder. Added a scissor jack and with a length of Telstra rope it's in action.

    The 2.25 is on it's way down the back followed by two 2.6's and a C240 Isuzu.


    Colin
    That is a very clever setup. You should go into production, I would buy one. Moving Engines
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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    That is a very clever setup. You should go into production, I would buy one. Moving Engines
    If only you knew how long from idea to final product.......
    Measurements were 'rough' so I hope it will pick up the 2.6 motor !

    I can already see changes I need to make so If I ever get round to making a Mk2 I'll let you know.

    Colin
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    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
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    Iíve just wrestled with a TD5. That thing would have been perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I've acquired a few spare engines over the years, problem is that they get left beside the driveway and the cook complains.
    The engine crane is no use on grass, it's bad enough on the gravel driveway. I've struggled with them on a sack barrow, I could trailer them down the back of the property but still have the problem of unloading.

    Decided to build a frame that an engine could be lifted up in and rolled across the grass.

    I had an electric quad bike someone gave us that I was scrapping so I used the wheels. Purchased some steel and fired up the welder. Added a scissor jack and with a length of Telstra rope it's in action.

    The 2.25 is on it's way down the back followed by two 2.6's and a C240 Isuzu.


    Colin
    Good idea there Colin,
    How do you turn corners??

    That Telstra rope is good stuff, when I rolled the old 110 when I was about 25, I had an extension ladder (fibreglass) on the roof racks tied on with Telstra rope
    Ladder snapped, roof collapsed, rope stretched a little but did not break

    I buy a 400metre roll for $50, 600kg breaking strain, uv and mould resistant
    Unlike those cheap tie downs you get from the big green shed or supercrap, you can see when itís going to break on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav 110 View Post
    Good idea there Colin,
    How do you turn corners??

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    Corners? Did you see what he was towing it with??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    Corners? Did you see what he was towing it with??
    Towing???
    I thought this was a manual push/pull jobby

    If it was being towed, by that great big hunk of green exquisitely looking piece of fine English machinery in the background, maybe some brakes are required as to not damage the said price of machinery on stopping of the load Moving Engines
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    Itís great to see it commissioned Colin, itís a masterful design. Iíve got a similar problem (many engines and a large block with only gravel driveways and grass) - my solution to date has been to use a large fish box with a smooth curved front and back on the bottom the fits a 2.25 perfectly, so Iíve usually dumped the engines (or gearboxes) in that and pulled around by hand to where I want them - itís no good for the back though! This should make life much easier for you in future. Cheers, Matt

    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I've acquired a few spare engines over the years, problem is that they get left beside the driveway and the cook complains.
    The engine crane is no use on grass, it's bad enough on the gravel driveway. I've struggled with them on a sack barrow, I could trailer them down the back of the property but still have the problem of unloading.

    Decided to build a frame that an engine could be lifted up in and rolled across the grass.

    I had an electric quad bike someone gave us that I was scrapping so I used the wheels. Purchased some steel and fired up the welder. Added a scissor jack and with a length of Telstra rope it's in action.

    The 2.25 is on it's way down the back followed by two 2.6's and a C240 Isuzu.


    Colin
    Cheers, Matt

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    Great idea. I could easily see that with a removable solid wood benchtop for a mobile workbench when not shifting motors for a dual purpose workshop accessory...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav 110 View Post
    Good idea there Colin,
    How do you turn corners??
    Brute force.....
    I can lift one end (just) with a 2.25 motor in it. Otherwise I could drop the motor to the ground and turn a few degrees, lift & repeat.
    Making it steer and carry the weight of an engine made working out steering too hard. This was quick to manufacture once I'd purchased the steel.

    I was worried about the 10mm dia axles and the possibility of bending. I did drill through the box section so the axles are supported at two spots.

    One end has no lower support so you can wheel it over the engine, I was going to make a bar that would bolt in place. Instead I added braces at the top.

    One of the 2.6's still has a carby attached so I''ll have to remove it otherwise it's too wide.


    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '58 Series II (sold)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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