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What is the best way to store an engine ? by hcforde
Started on: 05-09-2015 11:59 AM
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Report this Post05-09-2015 11:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hcfordeClick Here to Email hcfordeSend a Private Message to hcfordeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have a few Fiero's and it seems that the postings for them are not as bountiful on Craigslist now as they were a couple of years ago. I want to get an engine or 2. Rebuild them and have them ready just in case one of the engines in a current car goes bad. I have mostly 6 cylinder engines (i only have 1 4cyl Fiero ) and no I do not wish to do any kind of a 3.1 or 3.4 swap.I just want a spare engine available. What is the best way to store it after a rebuilt engine for possibly years. I was thinking of getting some sheet plastic building a box and sealing it with a plastic welder and storing it in there with some desiccant? LOL

PLEASE, ARE THERE ANY BETTER IDEAS THAN MY OWN?

Secondary to that is there an easy way to start and test an engine before installing it in a car?

Thanks

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Report this Post05-09-2015 01:25 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Custom2M4Click Here to Email Custom2M4Send a Private Message to Custom2M4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've started motors on an engine stand before. I usually purchase plastic boxing wrap from the hardware store for pallets etc, and Serran wrap the motors solid so dust cannot get in. It will attract dust on the outside but the motor will be sealed tight.

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Storing an engine, tightly wrap in plastic with special attention to any open ports, like the intake. Remove spark plugs and squirt some auto tranny fluid in each cylinder to prevent cylinder wall pitting, especially where the piston rings are in contact. Reinstall plugs with anti-seize. Drain coolant and oil. Manually rotate crank on a periodic basis to reposition piston rings in the bore, and to relieve the pressure that only some valve springs are seeing at the time. I think 180 degrees every 4 to 6 months at the most?
Running an engine on the stand? Can be done, but I wouldn't use a harbor freight stand. The wheelbase is narrow enough to knock the stand over and send the motor rolling across the room. Use common sense, of course. I prefer to store an engine in an old tire or two (rims removed! Haha). The stand would allow you to move it easier though.
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It seems I remember that some new crate motors (Jasper?) came in a plastic crate of sorts. You might call them and see if they have any damaged ones you could buy cheap.
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Report this Post05-09-2015 08:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for woodyhereClick Here to Email woodyhereSend a Private Message to woodyhereEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
One thing we all forget is some of the valve springs are compressed and the lifters under full valve load. I got into the habit of backing off the rocker arms. All the valves are closed and the cylinders sealed. Then wrap the block with shrink wrap. Good idea to lube the pistons/cylinders. The rings can stick in the pistons if there is no oil and moisture is present.

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Backing off the valve adj nuts is a good idea. If I know the engine will be a Long time non use, and it has" just been rebuilt and not run", I Seal up all the external holes where oil could escape, then while ON the Engine Stand, "Rotate" the ENTIRE Engine 360 degrees slowly (coating the entire insides out the engine in oil), then put some oil in the cylinders where rotating could not get to, Then wrap it up. Very Large Lawn/Leaf bags work well.
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Question: What is the best way to store an engine?

Answer: Give it to fieromatty (IFF it runs)
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Originally posted by fieromatty:

Question: What is the best way to store an engine?

Answer: Give it to fieromatty (IFF it runs)


LOL, where do you live? It might cost you more to drive here to get a "free" engine than it may be worth. On the other hand I might be willing to drive excessive miles to get a newly rebuilt engine myself ...........to store it for someone else.
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