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    Default Coffee table out a scrap block.

    I recently decided to make a table out of a blown up motor. I finally found one for a decent price and began work earlier this week. The process was pretty painless, and not too expensive. My eventual plan is to put some lights inside to shine up the cylinders, but for now I'm pretty happy with it. BTW my apologies for wasting a b16 block.

    Block - $50
    Paint - $10
    Glass - $65
    Total - $125

    Here it is when I first got it home:






    I then took the rods and the crank out to do a bit of cleaning:











    My house has a pretty low couch so I didn't need the table to be that tall, but I was worried that if I just sat it flat on the ground it would be way low. So I had to figure out a way to lift it back off the ground a little. I decided on putting the pistons and rods back in upside down and let them act as legs/feet. Then I had to figure out a way to keep the crank from turning. I found two small strips of metal laying around and used the main bolts to hold them against the crank.











    Here's a picture of the mock up:






    Next it was time to paint:

































    A little wd-40 took care of the rust inside the cylinders. I found a place around the corner from the house that sold custom order glass. I was surprised at how cheap it was. $65 for 3/8 thick 18 x 41. It only took two days to make and I picked it up today. I mounted the glass with some clear "sucker" type things that hold shampoo racks to the wall in the shower. And here is the final result:
























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    i'm coming to ATL to steal that from your house and leave $20 and a bud light in it's place LOL



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    Good luck, it'll be in Statesboro in about a week.

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    That's pretty cool Daniel.

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    Nice! I'm about to this with a VR38DETT (R35 GT-R) but I'm not sure yet how, since the block isn't flat at the top like an inline 4.

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    Very cool!

    I remember there was one in Panoz years ago, may still be there, using a V8 of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadbee@Forged View Post
    Nice! I'm about to this with a VR38DETT (R35 GT-R) but I'm not sure yet how, since the block isn't flat at the top like an inline 4.
    You could weld the rods to where the heads bolt up and use the pistons to hold the glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain-Obvious™ View Post
    You could weld the rods to where the heads bolt up and use the pistons to hold the glass.
    Yeah I have seen that done before, but I don't have rods or pistons, just a bare block.

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    That's awesome! Good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain-Obvious™ View Post
    You could weld the rods to where the heads bolt up and use the pistons to hold the glass.
    That's what I was going to do, I have a bare Ford SHO v8 block in my garage and a set of Miata pistons and rods... They're close enough in size no one will know the difference.

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    lol at sammich, very cool always wanted to do this but never got around to doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain-Obvious™ View Post
    Good luck, it'll be in Statesboro in about a week.
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    I like alot. Very nice work man!

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    ive always wanted to make a table like that. pretty cool man
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    thats awsome
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    looks sick dude

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    nice work. My buddy did one out of a Masteratti B-Turbo motor years ago and left it pretty complete. I wish my blocks were in one piece when I get done with them.....

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    Nice work. I like the final results. I want to make one, but of rims stacked on top of each other much easier


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    I've always wanted one of these yours is pretty legit
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    stole my idea nukka!!

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    My spare EJ25 block now has a new purpose in life aside from storage! Thanks for the new project idea
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    nice but i didn't see you put any rubber so that the engine does not touch the glass..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevint2 View Post
    nice but i didn't see you put any rubber so that the engine does not touch the glass..
    I ended up going with small circles of velcro. I just put it in my house today and it looks and works awesome.

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    how much FHP does it get?



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    Always wanted to build one. Great job!

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    I only see one problem. The glass edge. Is it smoothed to where it won't cut someone? Especially around the corners? I would probably like to see some sort of frame around it. Maybe door edge guards in chrome or black? Later, QD.
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    Needs a OEM Filter


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    Quote Originally Posted by quickdodge® View Post
    I only see one problem. The glass edge. Is it smoothed to where it won't cut someone? Especially around the corners? I would probably like to see some sort of frame around it. Maybe door edge guards in chrome or black? Later, QD.
    The only way it could cut someone is if they smashed straight into a corner with a body part with no meat on it. i.e. Forehead, shin, something of that sort. But this is the way I wanted it so I'm willing to take the risk. The glass makers assured me this is one of the edges they use all the time for table tops.

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    Got a pic of it inside yet? Eager to see how it looks inside.
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    And of course I scrapped all my old blocks...damn you! This is sweet!

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    I haven't had a single reliability problem with it. My gfs lab ran into it, lots of drinks/food on one side at a time, couple of people put their feet on it (which I wasn't happy about) and it hasn't even acted like it was gonna tip over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain-Obvious™ View Post
    The only way it could cut someone is if they smashed straight into a corner with a body part with no meat on it. i.e. Forehead, shin, something of that sort. But this is the way I wanted it so I'm willing to take the risk. The glass makers assured me this is one of the edges they use all the time for table tops.
    I hope you didn't take my questions/concerns as standoffish, dude. I certainly didn't mean it that way. I was just curious about sharp corners. I actually think that a rounded piece of glass would look well on there. I do think it's pretty cool. But for me to have one, I would probably need a "man cave" type of room. Later, QD.
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    Very cool idea, the oil filter was a nice touch. Mad respect.



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    Got mine built. Not tall enough so i'm going to try to find a head to put on it.
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    im making one with h22 right now. where did you get the glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big mac View Post
    im making one with h22 right now. where did you get the glass?
    From a small company right on indian trail and 29. a few miles off 85 toward Lilburn/Snellville.

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