Automobile body and frame rotisserie
 Purpose of a rotisserie
- To remove the accumulation of dirt, rust, grease, etc. from vehicles chosen for restoration or rodding. Not suited for ordinary servicing and repair. Ramps and lifts are better suited for this.
- Gives access to all areas for cleaning and repair.
- Eliminates hours of looking up into nooks and crannies or laying beneath the underside of a vehicle while scraping, brushing, sanding, and doing repairs.
 Design parameters and considerations
- Load -- consider weight and flex of body. If the load gets outside of the base, the whole thing tips over.
- Swing -- consider shape and dimensions of body and the space in which it will rotate about its center of gravity. Pivots must be in line. Anything on a radius from either pivot will reduce the swing capacity; distance of pivot from obstructions determines swing capacity.
- If the vehicle is not braced properly especially a convertible you can easily bend or twist the body.
 Building a rotisserie
- Materials -- steel pipe, tubing, angle, plate, bolts, welding rods or wire
- Acquisition of materials -- salvage, new
- Construction methods -- weld, bolt
- Tools needed
- layout tools (scribe, awl, soapstone, marker, square, level, straight edge)
- Work area
- Safe attachment of load
- Safe elevation of load
- Test and inspect
 Other uses for rotisserie
- I built my very simple rotisserie and after taking my '68 Firebird off of it 2 years later, I cut the tops off, added casters, welded them together, and VOILA!...instant rollaround car stands. Of course, the rotisserie only made the rear part, I made the front part from some spare steel I had. Here's a photo of it...
This is my first rotisserie I had built over 10 years ago. I designed it with pneumatic tires and steering to allow mobility on rough outdoor surfaces and ease of trailer loading (back then I moved my vehicles around between home and work fabrication shops). This particular rotisserie was sized so that when the body is flipped roof up, I can practically work underneath the car while standing straight (notice a wide track to enhance stability). The rotisserie can be disconnected in the middle for painting large parts.-Rich TFS
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