1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old Engine Electric WinchJunked engines can be salvaged for use as heavy-duty electric winches, according to Joe Halvorson, Eleva, Wis., who made an electric winch from a 1939 6-cyl. Chevy engine.
"I cut the block and crankshaft off in the 6th cylinder close to the flywheel, just ahead of the first main bearing. I left the flywheel in place. Then I welded a square shaft to the end of the crankshaft along with a drum to wind up cable. A 6-volt starter motor provides the power, belt-driving the crankshaft the way it would if the engine were still in use," says Halvorson.
He says engines make great winches because of the heavy duty bearings on the crankshaft. The '39 Chevy engine he used has 4-in. bearings. He can use the winch for most any heavy lifting or towing job around the farm.
"Cutting away the parts of the engine block that weren't needed was the hardest part of the job. I used an electric arc," says Halvorson.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joe O. Halvorson, Rt. 2, Eleva, Wis. 54738 (ph 715 287-4556).
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