Mr. Landreo. Thank you for the inspiration to get me out to the shop to accomplish something productive today.
I wholeheartedly give you credit for the thought, I simplified your design slightly to save the McMaster Carr expense.
I don't know if this will be as sturdy as your design as it is a pusher instead of a puller, however I'll give it a test run this winter.
I substituted the DOM tubing with a length of 3/4" iron pipe I had on hand. The pipe needs to be threaded on one end. One 1" to 3/4" pipe reducing coupling completes the bill of materials.
The pipe was marked to be cut to clear the rear engine bolt while turned into the coupling as far as possible while the coupling was held over the front bolster bolt head.
Two pipe wrenches were used to unscrew the pipe from the coupling extending the length of the device until tight. The alignment isn't dead nuts on center so I may need to tighten it if it wears in. I'll hold off on the paint until that time.
The amount of bolt head overlap inside the pipe and coupling will prevent the brace from dropping out completely if it should become loose. However I would like to see it loosen slightly, indicating that it is absorbing impact thus becoming shorter.
I'll revisit this link later this winter after I have moved some snow and report back on the effectiveness of the brace.
It looks great, was easy to do, clears the filter drain, and only needs a coat of paint to blend in like it never happened.
Mr. Landreo, your device does have the one up on aesthetics. If a 3/4" coupling would have slid completely over the bolster bolt head, this one would look a little more streamlined instead of like a plumbing job, however I'm all about function over fashion.
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