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george nagy posted 04-08-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I am planning on moving two 150 hp johnsons and storing them in my garage. What is the best way to lift the engines? Do they have a lifting hook mounted to the block? I wish to store them upright on a stand any ideas for construction?
Bigshot posted 04-08-2002 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Best way is an engine hoist(cherry picker). You can rent them for like $25 a day from Taylor rental. It should have a lifting ring on the block. Better make those stands strong. I personally would lay them on pallets with a blanket etc.
JFM posted 04-08-2002 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I would use a chain on a fork lift if available.
To store upright, I would make a modified saw horse with very wide agled downward supports and would also support the middle or bracket with straight downward supports. I would use 2X6's and build a frame underneath to hold it in place. Regards, Jay
tabasco posted 04-08-2002 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Don't be cheap..........use 2 by 8's ....better safe than sorry
aubv posted 04-08-2002 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
If I remember correctly there is a motor lifting bracket that is triangular in shape with a lifting ring. It bolts to the flywheel with 3 bolts. Then use an engine hoist or block and tackle secured to beams in ceiling. Block and tackle need to be in close proximity to where you want the engines to rest. That way once clear of the boat you swing them and lower them in place. I would build a stand using 4"x4"s and 2x10's and lag bolt to studs(not to be confused with bigshot:-)) in garage wall. The 2" x 10" should be on angle similar to your transom.
John from Madison CT posted 04-08-2002 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     

I build my own engine stand for my 90hp Yamaha. Took me a couple of hours and kind of made in as I went along. It should not be your typical Saw horse "A" frame, but like mentioned already, a leaning "A" so that when the motor is mounted, the center of the motor is over the center of the frame.
$20 in casters and I wheel her around the garage and drive way.

Go with 2 x 8's and screw them together.


Bigshot posted 04-09-2002 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Anybody want to raise it to 2x12's?

How about Titanium I-beams?

hauptjm posted 04-09-2002 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
These stands sound like their stronger than my transom.
tabasco posted 04-09-2002 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     

Sounds great ........maybe we can melt down a few apple titanium laptops :-)

aubv posted 04-09-2002 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Our marina had 2x10's as the angle piece that the motor rested on. The size has do with the depth of the mounting bracket itself not nessacarily for strength. Think about how far apart the upper and lower bolt holes are. If I was doing it I would even bolt the engine, once in place, to the wood frame as a precaution but I'm kind of dopey that way.
Bigshot posted 04-10-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Depends on how the stand is made.

Bolting it to the wood is mandatory, normally just the uppers.

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