I got sick of using the cherry picker to move loose T engines around the shop, and right now I'm rearranging between seasons, so I decided to do something about it.
The 18"x24" 1000lb furniture dollies at Harbor Freight for $12ea are the perfect size.
I screwed some scrap lumber to it to cradle the T engine pan.
Then just set the engine in place.
It worked so well, I made a few more.
Good go Derek!
That is worthy of Mr. Thrifty.
Looks like a good idea. And the price is very reasonable. Thanks for sharing it.
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Mr Thrifty would approve. I even put them together with USED screws left over from taking out a wall in the garage.
A friend I knew many years ago used to cut the tops off of shopping carts and set engines on the remaining bottom parts.
Where he got the shopping carts, and what he paid for them, I never asked...
WARNING: those Harbor Frieght dollies have terrible, cheap casters so be careful going over cracks or obstacles on the floor in your shop, like your simple and inexpensive idea
Derek, I bought 4 of them from HF the other day, and put them under each wheel on the T for some cheap "skates", works so far, 8.99 ea, hard to beat, you can't buy the wheels as cheap as the whole dollie. Mr. Thrifty will be proud..JD
Can you show a photo of the harness used to get the dog to pull them around ?
Hmm, they may be cheap wheels, but I've moved pianos with them!
I've had a few under my 'extra' T and DB engines for a few years now, seem to be doing fine!
But gee, I'm so cheap I didn't even add the wood, I like that idea!
Mister thrifty approves.
I made mine from scraps. About twenty years ago the local McDonalds remodeled and the contractor threw out a bunch of rectangular and square tubing. I don't remember where I got the wheels.
This doesn't show the whole stand, but it's another one made from McDonald's remodeling scraps.
They are cheap but I have had 2 of them under model a motors for 3or 4 years. They have been rolled all around my shop several times and still are holding up.. I am getting 2 more this weekend. I need to put my spare t motor on one. I have limited space or to many parts if thats possible!! They work and roll good for me. Nice deal at $8.99!
Another idea for storage or working on the top half:
Derek, looks good, I used the same base. Your wood supports are nicer than mine. But it does the job!
Way too complicated for a T engine. For the past decade or so, I've been using those same furniture dollies without modification. I just set the motors on them and roll them around the shop.
Derek great idea. I've been using two of the small ones to move engines around for quite awhile, yours is an improvement. As Jim mention they are great for rolling a model T around the shop. Work better than the car dollies made for that purpose.
See you you have a "B" head, is it hill climb time?
John, it will be a while until I use it, but I am collecting parts for a speedster build. Need to finish a few other projects first, but I'm trying to have as much of the expensive stuff bought ahead as possible so the project won't stall out due to budget. It's just a bare head with no rockers or manifolds.