A handy tool I have found over the years in a shop is an engine stand. While the name implies that it is designed to hold a car or truck engine while overhauling it I have found that it can be used to hold various things such as transmissions and even a small garden tractor (with the help of an extension) when starting reassembly. I find the stand supports the piece that I am working on in various positions, can be moved off to the side when the piece is not being worked on and does not tie up a work bench on a long term repair. I have supported about three Bolens tube frame transmissions in the last few years with the help of two adaptor pieces I made out of some 1" x 1/8" square tubing and two short pieces of 1-1/2" x 1/8" angle iron. A car motor usually mounts to the stand using holes that the transmission mount to in the end of the block whereas most small engines for garden and lawn tractors bolt on from the bottom which makes the mounting arms that the stand comes with difficult to use to mount a small gas or diesel engine. In anticipation of working on a 10 HP Wisconsin engine I decided to modify the transmission adaptor pieces so they could support a variety of small engines - since the adaptors are handy I did not want to cut them up or weld anything to them so I made up two outer pieces that bolt to them to form outer slots using 1/8" x 1" flat steel - I decided to flip the pieces over from the way they normally sit so the motor will be at a better height to work on. Then I made up two slotted crosspieces that can be adjusted for a variety of different engine bolt spacings using two 1/8' x 1" pieces welded together with a 3/8" spacing in between to form two slots that the engine can be bolted to. I may make some 1" spacers out of pipe so the engine can sit away from the crosspieces. The engine should be able to be rotated once bolted to the crosspieces. If you are planning on making an adaptor to mount 2 or 3 cyl gas or diesel engines I would recommend using 1/4" thick angle iron and flat steel as they will weigh quite a bit more - hope this helps someone and please keep safety in mind if you are planning on making something similar - make and use at your own risk. The next thing I hope to make is a small pan that can be mounted to the engine stand post under the engine work area to catch dirt and drips as well as be able to set parts on.
Edited by 29 Chev, May 01, 2017 - 07:10 PM.