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05-19-2012 07:20 PM Rotisserie
The first order of business today was to make the adapters for the front lower body mounts. The body has been lifted off the frame using these two holes alone, so they should work fine for the rotisserie mount. The large, thick washers are the "holes" from the hole saw work. A couple pieces of rubber hose will make sure the bolt doesn't chip the paint should the car go on painted (highly unlikely but better safe than sorry).

The adapters were mounted and leveled. Then the two pieces of heavy walled tube were cut to fit. Tacked, then welded, then welded on the bench.

Holes were drilled. The single hole is drilled and tapped for 3/8 coarse to mount the collar which prevents the assembly from sliding out of the stand. The four holes (two can be seen in the photo) provide positive stops at 90 deg. interval. A 1/2 inch bolt had the last two threads ground off so it fit in the holes. The stand pipe was drilled and tapped and a 1/2 nut was welded on as well so there will plenty of "bite" if the bolt is used to hold the rotisserie at other positions.

One final test fit and then measurements were taken so the rear mount will be on the same axis.


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05-18-2012 06:29 AM Rotisserie
It's been a rough week. I get home and don't feel like doing anything. Forced myself out there last night.

Don got me set up on the pipe. Turned it down so it would fit in the hole in the rectangular tubing and removed the mill finish.

Welded the pipe into the tubing. Clamped it to the cross piece. Measured, adjusted, measured again, repeat. A couple of tack welds were put in. Measured, checked the level, adjusted the level, repeat. A couple more tack welds were put in. Then the whole thing was taken off the car and fully welded at the bench.

Two more struts need to be made connecting this assembly to the lower body mounts. Then on to the rear adapter. I should have it ready to spin by the end of Saturday.


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05-12-2012 08:52 PM Gilmer Belt Late
The gilmer belt was supposed to be here on Thurs. or Fri. It finally came in today's mail. Not in time to prevent a honey-do. Stained the front door.

Then I replaced the gilmer and the v-belt in the unit.

Got the holes drilled but pipe is still just a bit too large. Don is going to help me out!

Two weeks behind schedule?


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05-07-2012 08:59 PM Delays
Saturday was a golf outing. I felt guilty part of the time, but I needed a change.

Today after work I set up the Shopsmith as a drill press and started drilling the holes for the rotisserie. Unfortunately, the gilmer belt was probably older than me and in about as good a shape as me. It shelled. So now I have to wait on a new one which should get here by the end of the week. Here's hoping.


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04-29-2012 07:03 PM Rotisserie
Started making the front rotisserie adapter on Saturday.

The main member is 2x3 rectangular tubing. The ends were drilled to mount to the hinge mounts on the firewall.

Angle iron pieces were welded the top, tying the main member to the radiator support bar holes at the top of the firewall.

The pivot mount was cut out and mocked up. The green horizontal line with the vertical "dash" in the middle represents the center point of the 1-1/2" SCH 40 pipe which will create the pivot.


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