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I had posted a couple of months ago about making a rotisserie and after alot of trial and error and one hell of a long list of "honey do's" here it is. I'll post some more in my personal album in case your interested. here's the link for the plans.
http://members.tripod.com/~mopar_roadster/body_rotisserie.html
The plans are clear and correct. The only thing I substituted was the pipe sizes. I used 3" and 2 1/2" pipe. It really works better and is plenty strong enough to hold anything to put on it. Also, I used tension screws instead of the rounded plate with the bolt through it to hold the car. This worked well also and it'll save you time in fabrication.

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:thumbup: :thumbup: Sweet. You even have it painted up. I know what my next project is. One question if you don't mind. How much approximately in materials. I know the price of steel has went up.

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down to business

I bought the steel a couple of months ago. I got all the square tubing for 150 bucks which is 90 percent of the rotisserie. The rest( 2ft. of 2 1/2" pipe, 2ft. of 3" pipe, and miscellaneous 1/4" plate) I snatched from friends. The 8" wheels(2 fixed and 2 swivel with brakes) I got from Harbor Freight for about 40 bucks total. Miscellaneous bolts and welding wire is another 20 to 30 bucks. So all together a little over 200 bucks complete. Not too bad considering they're selling the kits for around 600 bucks.
 

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Nice work!:)
 

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few questions if i may?
1. do you think it would work for a truck cab and/or bed?

2. how is it mounted in the rear? (couldn't quite tell for the pics)

3. on the front. do you have to have an additional plate on the inside of the car for the front mounting brackets?

4. BTW, nice job :thumbup:

thanks Aaron
 

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Very nice work. I'm going to have to build one of those before I get to my Polara project and its nice to see one completed. Very considerate of you to paint it Hemi Orange too. :mwink:

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Damn, a quiz

1.The design is very accomodative for any size car or truck, but it definately has to be completely striped. The only thing you have to figure out is how your project will bolt up to the rotisserie.

2. You can't see it because, I had to extend another squaretube on top of another to reach the holes I wanted to use to support off of and the body decends well below the framerails in the back. The clips that actually bolt to the car will have to vary depending on what type of vehicle you have.

3. I used the square tubing, gusseted and bolted directly to the framerail in both the front and the back. In the front you can't see the bolts because they're inside the square tubing because I wanted to bolt to some original nuts welded into the framerails for the bumper and the nuts called for a coarse thread and I couldn't find any long enough to extend through the square tubing, so I just used the original bolts off the car. The back was easy, I just ran some bolts through some existing holes in the framerail.

Maybe I'll take a picture of it rotated and that may clear up some questions on the brackets( as soon as it stops freakin raining, of course)

Thanks for the replies,
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I saw the plans for it on that website, and I looked at your project journal for additional pictures, but I still can't understand. How does it spin around? Do you have a special thing welded in there?
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The 3" round tube is welded the horizontal crossmember. The 3-1/2" round tube is welded to the sliding upright. The 3" rotates inside the 3-1/2" .


One "improvement" idea. Where tubes slide into one another, and drilled holes are used to pin it in place, this limits your adaptablility, and can be frustrating to find the interior hole.
Drill a clearance hole in the outer tube and weld on a nut. Then you can weld a piece of roundstock on the head of a bolt that fits the nut, and use it to "set screw" it on place. The roundstock will give you leverage to tighten/loosen the bolt without searching for tools or dropping the wrench while rotating the car,etc.
 

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I've seen similar rotisseries built using two engine stands at the ends. Then you just fab up the bracket to attach the body. But the ones I've seen were for Factory Five Cobra replica tube frames, which are super light and pretty slender.

I have a '72 Super Beetle. For some reason, I really like the mental picture of a slug bug on a rotisserie.
 

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Nice job Pencilneck.

I'm done fabricating mine based on the same plans. Just have to do a little more welding and it'll be done. I impressed that it's painted too. My projects never seem to get any paint on them. I'm too impatient I guess.

I made my rotating joint a little shorter and changed all of the sliding adjusters to 1/4 inch material for a little tighter fit. I used 3/16 inch for everything else. I think I'll have about $250 into mine altogether with wheels.

Do you find it to be strong and stable? Mine seems like it will be when I'm done but I'm interested in how the finished product "feels" to you. I'll be hanging a little heavier car off of mine (A-body).

I can't wait to try mine out.


Later....

Wally
 
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