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Offline berniebee

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Wooden dolly for frame with engine
« on: October 28, 2012, 09:10:43 PM »
I built a dolly out of 2x3 lumber, plywood and a length of steel pipe that was finally useful for something. I had to buy a couple of swivel casters too. (I had 4 fixed ones.)

Though I'm lucky to have the space of a 2 car garage, it contains many other non-bike items: 6 bicycles (one borrowed ) a table saw (Given to me, with a slightly warped cast iron top.) , an ancient Sears bandsaw ,  a 28" snowblower ($100 at a garage sale-best gamble I've ever taken), and a full height mechanics chest (The bottom section is actually a microwave cart with with homemade drawers.) I also recently bought a used auto engine picker. (Our 2001 Chevy Cavalier now has a rebuilt engine , after the main bearings disintegrated and left my wife stranded halfway to an engagement party.). And the garage is occasional parking for 3 kids worth of hockey equipment bags and sticks. 
But I digress. ("Really? Didn't notice.")
 
I had the bike parked in a compromise location. Equally in the way of bicycle parking, woodworking, and when taking out the garbage. But when I finally removed the front end and had the frame/engine balanced on the center stand plus 3 bricks, I thought that it might be "a little " risky. Plus my wife reminded me that not only was it time for the Cavalier oil change, but the snow tires were now needed "on the car" (  As opposed to sitting on that garage corner shelf, I think she must have meant. ) and that if I didn't fix that dash rattle soon, there were going to be consequences.

 So the dolly lets me park the engine /frame anywhere I want to easily and now I need to go work on the Cavalier.

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Re: Wooden dolly for frame with engine
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 09:11:22 PM »
Nice!

What did you use to clean your engine cases, cylinder heads, and wheels?

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Re: Wooden dolly for frame with engine
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 09:12:14 PM »
I haven't started to clean the cylinder heads or wheels! (I guess they look good from a distance in the above photo.)
The engine cases were stripped of the clear coat using ..brake cleaner spray. It was left over from the car brake job and it worked very well. ( 90% of clear coat lifted in 15 minutes.) I sanded out scratches with #150 sandpaper, followed by a #300 paper sanding all over until every thing was a uniform satin gray.
I then buffed with a brown stick of compound , using a buffing wheel mounted on my grinder, and a dremel to buff in tight spots. The covers came out really nice, not a mirror finish, but close.