How to Mount an Engine to a Stand: 7 Step Guide to Engine Stand Use

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In this guide, we will explain the process of how to mount an engine to a stand. Having your engine mounted on an engine stand is crucial for any car enthusiast or professional mechanic as it provides a stable and secure platform for engine maintenance, repairs, or rebuilds.

This article will carefully outline how to mount an engine to a stand. It should be noted; however that this is a generic guide – so your procedure may need to be modified slightly to suit the engine stand types that are available.

how to mount an engine to a stand

What you will need:

  1. Engine
  2. Engine stand
  3. Engine hoist
  4. Properly sized bolts, spacers, and washers
  5. Tape measure
  6. Chassis lube (optional)

How to Mount an Engine to a Stand – The 7 Steps

This Step-by-Step guide is based on the following video:

Step 1 – Find the right bolt size:

  1. Thread one of the original bolts into the engine block until it stops.
  2. Place a piece of tape against the block and back the bolt out.
  3. Measure the length from the bottom of the tape to the end of the bolt (in metric, preferably in centimeters or millimeters).
  4. Measure the depth of the mount, including any spacer or sleeve.
  5. Combine the two measurements to get the required bolt length.

Step 2 – Prepare the engine stand and engine hoist:

  1. Remove the mount from the engine stand.
  2. Gather the necessary bolts, spacers, and washers.
  3. Set up the engine hoist near the engine stand.

Step 3 – Attach the mount to the engine:

a. Slide the bolt through the mount. b. Attach the spacer or sleeve to the bolt. c. Hand-thread the bolt into the engine block. d. Repeat for the remaining mount points. e. Use a wrench or low setting impact driver to tighten the bolts.

Step 4 – Attach the engine to the engine hoist:

  1. Transfer the load leveler from a supporting strap to the engine hoist.
  2. Adjust the height of the hoist to match the engine stand.
  3. Snap the hoist into place and tighten it down.
  4. Lift the engine and transfer the weight to the engine stand.

Step 5 – Lubricate the engine stand peg (optional):

  1. Apply chassis lube to the engine stand peg to make it easier to insert and rotate the engine in the mount.

Step 6 – Mount the engine onto the engine stand:

  1. Position the engine stand close to the final workspace.
  2. Lift the engine using the engine hoist and align it with the engine stand peg.
  3. Push the engine forward onto the peg and rotate it into position.
  4. Adjust the height of the engine hoist as needed to level the engine.
  5. Secure the engine in place and slowly release the hoist.

Step 7 – Remove the engine hoist and clean up:

  1. Gently set the engine hoist aside and remove any supporting straps or chains.
  2. Move the engine hoist out of the work area.


With your engine now securely mounted on the engine stand, you are ready to perform any necessary maintenance, repairs, or rebuilds. This step-by-step guide should help you mount an engine on an engine stand safely and efficiently.

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