Crosley Engine Caddy
Do you have engines for your Crosleys sitting around, getting in the way, and being a pain to move about the garage? I know I do. To solve this annoyance a wheeled engine dolly or caddy can be the solution. For only a few dollars, a little time, and some plans, a handy person can construct a Crosley Engine Caddy,
The parts list for the Crosley Engine Caddy is not very long as it includes
2 2X4X16” Boards
2 2X6X18” Boards
1 16”X7” Plywood
8 3 inch deck screws
5 1 ½ inch deck screws
4 caster wheels from your favorite store
(I have used Grizzly D2622 caster wheels in the past}
16 1 to 1 ½ hex head sheet metal screws
Once the parts are cut and collected in the workshop, construction can begin. To start, the center of the 2X4 needs to be marked. Next, measure out 2 ¾ inches out on bothsides of the center mark onboth 2X4s and draw a line with a square at both outer marks. The resulting measurement between the two outer marks should be 5 ½ inches. This will form the base of the Crosley Engine Caddy and provide a place to mount the caster wheels. The 2X6s will now be attached to the 2X4s to form the support for the engine. Place the 2X6 to the outside of the previously marked outer lines on the 2X4s so that the 2X4 is even with the end of the 2X6 and the edge of the 2X6 is against the flat side of the 2X4. Attach the 2X6 with one 3 inch deck screw in each location and use a square to square up the assembly before adding the second 3 inch deck screw in each location to finish the major section of the caddy. To stabilize the 2X6 sides of the caddy, the plywood is attached to one end of the base with the 1 ½ deck screws
Turning the caddy so that the 2X4s are facing upwards, the caster wheels can be attached to the outer ends of the 2X4s using the sheet metal screws and a screw gun. Flip the caddy over and you are ready to set a Crosley engine in place. Painting and decorating of the caddy is optional
To place the engine in the caddy, the fan belt pulley should be just behind the plywood and the bell housing will sit just off of the end of the 2X6s. Your Crosley Engine Caddy is now ready to easily move your Crosley engine about the garage, shop, shed, etc.
Your Crosley Engine Caddy can also be used to transport your Crosley engine more safely than trying to tie it down in the truck. To turn the shop caddy into a transport caddy, the wheels should be left off and four anchor strips need to be made and installed. The anchors can be sheet metal strips about 1 inch wide and 3 to 5 inches long with a 7/16 hole drilled in one end and two 5/16 holes spaced out on the other end. To secure the engine to the caddy, a 7/16 bolt from the engine mount is used to attach the strap to the front engine mounting boss on the crankcase with one strap on each side. There is a second mounting boss on the rear of the crankcase where the other two straps can be attached using the same size bolts as the front mounts. To attach the straps to the caddy, the same sheet metal screws used for the wheels will do the job in the remaining holes in the straps. With two screws attaching each of the four straps to the wooden base you now have a very sturdy device to transport your Crosley engine.
So with these simple plans, some supplies, hand and power tools, you too can have your own Crosley Engine Caddy