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Slimy38

posted on 25/3/21 at 04:10 PM Reply With Quote
Rolling an engine around

I'd like to have my engine movable, at the moment having to get the engine hoist out to move it a few inches can get a bit tiresome. A while back I tried making a small trolley but I vastly underestimated the working load and it collapsed.

This;

https://www.aldi.co.uk/rectangle-plastic-transportation-aid/p/803609449892200

has a weight limit of 250kg, but an MX5 1.6 engine is meant to weigh half of that. Do you think it's capable of carrying the engine on it's back? I'd put some ply down to distribute the weight, and it would be rolling on a fairly smooth garage floor.

Alternatively, are there any similar trolleys available? I don't want an engine stand or anything that will increase the size taken up by the engine.

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cliftyhanger

posted on 25/3/21 at 05:01 PM Reply With Quote
seen strong little trolleys in Toolstation. Seems they now have a handle, which would be VERY useful. Stick a tyre on the trolley, they are good for keeping engines upright.
https://www.toolstation.com/roughneck-dolly/p54166

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nick205

posted on 25/3/21 at 05:08 PM Reply With Quote
I'd go for the Toolstation one myself. Having a handle to help move the trolley/weight of the engine around will make it much easier.
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steve m

posted on 25/3/21 at 06:01 PM Reply With Quote
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jacko

posted on 25/3/21 at 06:38 PM Reply With Quote
Am I dreaming you are building a car but you want to buy a trolley Make a trolley four castors and a pice of 18mm ply +bolts and nuts
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snapper

posted on 25/3/21 at 06:38 PM Reply With Quote
We have a couple of plastic wheeled bases for food cages, they have a convenient hole to put the sump in.
You could easily buy 4 heavy duty castors and thick plywood to make a trolly





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big_wasa

posted on 25/3/21 at 06:59 PM Reply With Quote
I made a similar sized one. To be honest if I was shopping and see one for 15 notes. I would pick one up.
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J666AYP

posted on 25/3/21 at 09:26 PM Reply With Quote
Bottom of a small supermarket shopping trolley

[Edited on 25/3/21 by J666AYP]

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nick205

posted on 26/3/21 at 10:25 AM Reply With Quote
My Pinto engine actually sat on a B&D Workmate until I picked it up with an engine crane fitted the T9 gearbox and dropped the whole lot in my MK Indy. That said I was working in my Dad's double garage at the time so didn't need to move it around.

Trolley wise it'd still be the Toolstation one for me.

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JeffHs

posted on 26/3/21 at 11:09 AM Reply With Quote
I put my 1.6 pinto and gearbox on a little wooden crawl board with 4 castors. No problem moving it round the garage, I fitted the engine and box from underneath by hoisting up the bare chassis sat on its rear wheels, but no front suspension. Easier and lighter than lifting the engine and box.
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Slimy38

posted on 26/3/21 at 11:25 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jacko
Am I dreaming you are building a car but you want to buy a trolley Make a trolley four castors and a pice of 18mm ply +bolts and nuts
Graham


LOL, I did but the castors collapsed!! They were rated to 100Kg's each, the rubber tyre just rolled off and jammed things up. Going for the higher rating castors puts the price above the trolley. Hence me wondering whether they can actually make something that can carry that much weight for that price.

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christim

posted on 26/3/21 at 11:38 AM Reply With Quote
I borrowed Dad-in-Law's supermarket dolly trolley. He borrowed it from a supermarket many years ago now

Like these, but more heavy-duty:

Aldi Dolly Trolley

(edit: looks like out of stock at the moment sorry)

[Edited on 26/3/21 by christim]





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jacko

posted on 26/3/21 at 05:35 PM Reply With Quote
Shopping trolleys have nice wheels hehe 😜
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Dingz

posted on 28/3/21 at 01:40 PM Reply With Quote
Iíve used a skateboard for moving a pinto before, very handy.





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