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Old 11-03-2005, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Transmate workstand, cheapie tool

I seen something like this along time ago and figured it was time to make one.
I had some extra steel laying around and bought two 3/4" coarse coupling nuts and a 2' section of all thread.
I bent 1-3/4" by .120" wall 180 degrees.
Chopped the ends so they line up.
Then I down sleeved the tube twice more.
The bend and sleeves don't matter.
I threaded the coupling nuts onto the 2' length of all thread and spaced them to match the horseshoe so I could weld the nut at the end of each side.
Just tacked them so I didn't overheat the threads.
I pulled the all thread out and chopped into two lengths.
I turned the all thread ends in a lathe but grinding simple points will work fine.
Then welded some t-handles.

My TH400 has these two side holes that are a great balance point for grabbing the trans, I'm not sure how many other trans have this feature.
Here's the horseshoe.

It fits over the trans like so........

And once I pull the trans out to change the tail shaft it'll go in the engine stand like so........

I don't have a whole lot of table space right now so this will come in handy for me and store away nicely.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All the tranny stands I have used had an additional brace coming in from the top to keep the transmission from pivoting. Like this.....
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The one I saw had the horseshoe so small around the case there was no room for it to pivot. I do plan on adding a stop for the back of it though. I'd like it to lean back a little, that's why the horseshoe is large on mine.
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hmm thats pretty sweet.
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$270 at NorthernTool:

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$270 at NorthernTool:
At $300 by the time you add shipping and all that is one ugly piece of work. Doug's is much more trick plus bonus points for chit just lying around!
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thats cool!! good job!!
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Wow. The cheapest tool house still wants big dollars.

I should have listed this in dollars and cents.
2 coupler nuts and all thread $17 at Orchard HW store.
1 odd piece of tube, 2-3/8" by 1/4" wall, $4.00 at Metal Supermarket.
A 4' section of 1-3/4" by .12" wall, $9.00 at MSM.
I had the other scraps.
$30 total.
Use your own engine stand as a base instead of having multiples on the floor.

Thx guys, I love making these little odds and ends and good feedback is icing on the cake.
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The one I use is similar, but the piece that fits into the bench/engine stand comes off the side of the tranny, not the top. Lets you lay it flat on it's back to deal with the valve-body.
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