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352 onto an engine stand
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Kiwi Lad
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Hello from NZ !

Have pulled the 352 from my 400 for a freshen up after finding two split/chipped exhaust valves and general low compression.
I am hesitant to mount it on my engine stand using the 4 x transmission bolt holes in rear of the engine as the material seems thin, anyone able to set my mind at ease or show me a photo of how you have done this? I would hate to have a disaster …thanks in advance

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Posted on: 6/14 16:23
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Re: 352 onto an engine stand
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Ross
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That worked quite OK for me the last twenty or so times I did it. Of course you'll want to choose your bolts carefully to get good engagement.

Posted on: 6/14 20:15
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I have my 320 mounted like that now. Just use some common sense: select the longest bolts that don't bottom out. On my stand I think these were 3½ inch bolts. Factory length is 1⅜; subtract the transmission flange thickness to get the correct depth.

To rip a Grade 8 7/16 bolt out takes something like 10,000 lbs of force.

Posted on: 6/14 20:31
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Re: 352 onto an engine stand
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Kiwi Lad
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Thanks for the replies, I realise the bolts are solid but I was a little worried about the thickness of that trans flange!
That engine is a rare as rocking horse poop over here 🤣

Posted on: 6/15 1:20
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My 352 on a stand. I did use grade 8 hardware.

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Posted on: 6/15 4:18
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Grade 8 bolts are overkill. The standard grade 5 is more than sufficient.

What I do differently is turn the engine stand arms around so the back of the block is against the arm and not held further out by the spacer.

Also, adjust the arms up and in so the cam is centered on the pivot point. This will make it more balanced when the heads are installed.

jack vines

Posted on: 6/15 10:31
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Re: 352 onto an engine stand
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Kiwi Lad
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Thanks Jack ! Exactly the detail I was after and of course makes perfect sense, now off to find some bolts 😀.

Posted on: 6/15 15:00
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