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Old 11-18-2011, 05:15 PM
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Weight of 37 Buick Roadmaster Body

I'm designing a home built rotissery for the body of my '37 Buick Roadmaster so I can do body work & rust repair.
1) Does anyone know how much the stripped out body will weigh without the front sheetmetal?
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I too am building a rotisserie.
I have not paid attention to the weight of my vehicle, due to it wont be the only one ever put on it.
I designed mine from looking over various other home made and commercially available units.

The main frames of the uprights are 3x3x3/16 square tubing.

I ordered all my pieces of tubing pre cut and mitered for just a few dollars more than getting long pieces and doing it myself. total steel cost was $610.

I purchased my casters from a caster vendor and specified 5" urethane tread 1500# swivel casters, 4 with wheel looks, 2 without. cost $160

For the rotary head I used trailer spindles with tapered bearings mounted in 3" od structural tubing. cost $50 tubing, $70 spindles and bearings.


If I were to have a PE look at it, I have no doubt my plans would be stamped by the PE for 5000 lbs or more.

I know I could have built it for less, but I wanted an easy to use, easy to store heavy duty unit that will last a lifetime and be saleable when I no longer have a use for it.

I know that didnt answer your question but hopes it gives you some ideas for building yours.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:27 AM
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Sounds like your rotisserie will be very heavy duty.
I'm considering building one out of wood, or buying a used one because I have not welded yet. Could probably weld one after I finish this car and all the body welding I'm planning on doing, but for now I'm looking at other alternatives for now.
1) I'm investigating putting a lift on each corner or the rotisserie so I can lift the rotisserie with the body on it and roll the chassis under it when I'm not working on the car. Maybe electric camper jacks would work. Has anyone ever built, or seen this type of arrangement?
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Here are a couple different ways other guys have gone about it:

http://www.tffn.net/phpBB3/viewtopic...sserie#p195000
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I was thinking of something like this.
http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=178058
I have a playset that I built for my kids 20 years ago that would provide most of the lumber.
I want to put the whole thing on vertical lifts as well so I can roll my chassis under it and keep my truck in the garage when I'm not working on the body.
Figure someone out there has done this before.
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