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Old 05-16-2006, 10:45 AM
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I ran out of room for outboards on all of the existing stands and racks that I have in the shop. Floor space and outside storage is at a premium, so I didn't want to make any more bulky stands with wheels that take up so much room when not in use. I usually "over engineer" everything, so with that in the back of my mind, here's what I came up with. Some 1-1/2x3 box tube, tall enough for a V-6 with a 25" shaft. When not in use, they nest together to minimize storage space. I thought it might be too lightly built, but it holds a 400# V-6 with no problems. I think I'll have to make some more of these next winter when I have some time.
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:53 AM
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Looks like a cool deal, Mack.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:42 PM
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This may be a stupid question; but, how does this outboard motor rack save space for you? You didn't show what it was replacing so I would think they take up about the same floor space.
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My guess would be that when not in use, they stack. Since the others he mentioned had wheels, they probably don't.

Neat idea!
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They're stackable when not in use...

That's a great idea too, btw.

You could invert them and hang them up out of the way on the walls with a little hook to keep them interlocked that would also double as the means for them not sliding off the wall bracket. Something like a little section of bar on the top side, and a corresponding hole in the bottom for the next one to hook into.
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I started out just making something with a smaller footprint, the one I have with wheels have a much larger base to make them stable enough to roll around. Like I said, I usually over engineer everything. I had three stands built and was getting ready to cut some gussets to go between the legs and the uprights when I realized that I had the three stands nested together. Then the light went off, so I hung a motor on one the way it was and it worked quite well. JT, thanks for the wall storage idea, my brain is running on a slow bell this time of the year.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:10 PM
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Mac,

just a little question... I understand all the weight is behind the stand...so the legs are back there... but I work with a bunch of guys that could find a way without too much trouble to back into.... walk over..... stumble and fall into that engine/rack and knock it over... they are a talented bunch when it comes to screwing up.!!!

wouldn't a short little front stubby leg be safer ??? I realize it might hinder your stackability (hmmm ?? I think I made a new word). Or maybe you could add a bolt on leg to the front after you get the engine mounted.... just to be safe... I think that V-6 could seriously ruin someone's day if it fell on them...

being a 'safety' man I tend to notice things like that... just a thought..

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Old 05-17-2006, 07:55 PM
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John,
I'd probably fit right in with the guys you work with, I can screw things up with the best of them, jsut ask my wife. But on the shop floor, they are really stable. I think I would have to bump it with the forklift to knock it over. Since I'm a 1-man show, I only have to watch out for me. I will have to check it out with a lighter motor, it might not be as stable with less weight. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Very good idea.... can't use it with my mercruiser sterndrive
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