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evintho 04-03-2013 05:37 PM

Quick and dirty (and cheap) frame rotisserie.
Now that the frame is built I needed to find a way to get it into the backyard for blasting. I also needed easy access to the underside and I was tired of fighting with my grandson to help me lift/move it. I started thinkin'. I've got a pair of cheap HF engine stands. One I've had since the 80's and the other I picked up on CL (brand new) for $10 for just such an occasion as this.

Build materials include the stands, a chunk of scrap steel and 1/2 a stick of 1" square tubing.

I built some front and rear structures, welded them to the rails and bolted the ends to the engine stand heads.

Had to make some mods to the stands. The main bars comes from the factory at a 30* angle.

I cut 'em off, trued and leveled 'em to a 90* angle. I added removable support bars (for breakdown purposes) and I removed the fixed casters and added turning casters so I could steer the beast!

I was gonna add a length of tubing between the stands but it turned out not to be necessary. The whole thing is very stable and balanced! Built the contraption in a day and it cost me virtually nothing 'cause I used materials I had on hand. I greased the inside of the engine stand heads and this thing spins super easy and it's very easy to roll around! Simple to put together. If I can do it, anybody can! 04-03-2013 05:58 PM

I built a similar setup back in the eighties from a pr. of old Lakewood engine stands. I extended the legs outward about a foot on each side. In use I decided that wasn't necessary. I also mounted the head in ball bearings. only because I had them.
I have done several frames on this, sandblast/paint.
I know you will get a lot of use from yours.

69 widetrack 04-03-2013 06:35 PM

That's a nice looking job on the frame, what kind of car is going on looks like a 30's something Ford? Did you build the frame?

Oh cool rotisserie to, if necessity was the Mother of invention, you must be the Father.

Bob, with the bearings you put in the one you built, that thing should last forever.


evintho 04-03-2013 07:37 PM

Built the frame from scratch. It's a '27 T roadster to be powered by a turbo'd 2.3 4-cyl backed by a T5.

69 widetrack 04-03-2013 07:47 PM

The frame looks excellent, real good looking welds. What made you decide on a 2.3?


RatPin 04-03-2013 09:01 PM

I did the same thing with two HF engine stands a few years back when I was working on my frame, Worked pretty good, it was just a little sketchy rolling it in and out of the shop by myself.

evintho 04-03-2013 10:38 PM


Originally Posted by 69 widetrack (Post 1662973)
The frame looks excellent, real good looking welds. What made you decide on a 2.3?

Thanks! I'm a big 2.3 turbo fan. I've had 3 '88 TC's and I currently have an '86 TC as my daily driver. This is the motor in my '89 Mustang ragtop. 350 hp and about 30 mpg. It's also the motor that's going into the roadster.

69 widetrack 04-04-2013 08:03 AM

"Evintho", I always like seeing something different, it seems as though Hot Rods have been centered around the SBC and as much as I think the SBC is a great platform for anything custom, it's the something different, the courage to think outside the box that always intrigues me. The European manufacturer's have been building strong 4 Cylinder engines forever and I think it's great to see something in the way of a North American 4 Cylinder that can run with them.

The engine compartment of where the engine is in now looks great, clean and well managed. Please keep us informed as to how your build is going....and congratulations, as much as I appreciate the North American 8 Cylinder, I find something different refreshing.

Best of Luck on your build and if the frame is any indication of what your building is going to look like, I'm sure it's going to be fantastic.


33Willys77 04-04-2013 11:22 AM

I did a simliar set up too. But one one end, I used a driveshaft ujoint. That took care of any binding that can happen when turning it over. Also, on the front, instead of taking the brackets to the frame, you could have bolted it to your spring perch. When I build frames like this, I plan ahead and have a couple of strong ears to bolt on the rotisserie.

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