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914 Engine Stand Construction
 
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914 Engine Stand Construction

Kyle Ehler

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Porsche 914 (1970-76)
I've got an off the shelf engine stand designed for V8's that I modified to mount the 914 engine case. I made my own engine attachment for the 914 case by assembling a few bits from my collection of steel. I used about a foot and a half of 3/4 to 1" square bar stock, about three feet of 1" black steel gas pipe, a 4" square 1/4" steel plate, and a foot long chunk of heavy wall 2.5" diameter steel pipe (for the engine stand receiver). -and a few bits of 14 ga. steel sheet as braces.

Oddly enough, the diameter of a disc brake rotor off a '77 Olds Cutlass or other GM product is just the inside lip diameter of the 914 engine case. (all displacement sizes).

Take a torch and heat the square bar stock to red and form it over the outer edge of the disc brake rotor, be sure to get the ends tight to the rotor contour. Optional: measure the diameter/length of 1/2 of a 914 case and cut the bar stock to length prior to heat and bend. Once you get the bar to fit the engine case, locate and drill the holes for mounting it to the case. (mount the case half that has the distributor on it).

Next, cut the black pipe into 1 foot chunks, and heat them to red and beat them into a curve. Make each of the three hunks the same curve, then weld the curved chunks to the curved bar stock, placing one pipe at each end of the bar and one in the middle. (dont cover the mount holes) When welding these curved bits of pipe, orient the ends toward the center of the engine case; make the ends collect where the crankshaft would extend out the end of the case.

Use a cutting torch to cut a hole in the 4" plate to allow the thick-wall 2.5" pipe to pass thru, and weld the pipe into the plate on both sides of the plate. (this will greatly increase the load capacity of the engine holder and make it safer if a poor weld occurs).

Take the 4" square plate and hold it against the curved pipe ends, correct the alignment by pounding the tubes to fit the plate flush, then weld the pipes to the plate. Add a few bits of 14 ga sheet steel to the pipe/plate/bar interfaces to buttress the tubes to the plate and curved bar (further increasing load strength).

You should now have a P92xx 914 engine case mount for use in a V8 style engine stand, notice there was no need to butcher the insert that comes with the original stand to make it a 914-only tool.

The only thing remaining is drilling holes in the main support tube so that you can rotate and fix the position of the engine case while you work on it. This is optional.

Assuming you complete this task, You will now have paid for your gas welding rig because the cost of the 914 engine stand mount is roughly the same as a moderate size gas welding rig (minus cylinders).


Kyle Ehler
Kyle.Ehler@symbios.com

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SpawnyWhippet Comments: Any chance you could post pics of this, I would be very interested to see how it looks?
March 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If we get the chance to snap photos of the procedure we will post them. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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