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  1. #1
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    Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Is there anyone out there that has a set of plans they would be willing to share? Want to restore a Geo Metro Convertible for the wife, and I'm just gettin to old and it's gettin to cold for gettin on the ground.
    Thanks Ahead, George.
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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    No plans, but some thoughts.

    One thing you have to be concerned with is the center of gravity. Trying to roll a heavy off-balance load in a free turning rotator is awkward and dangerous. I remember a shop-built rotator, that solved the problem. It wasn't built for cars, but it had some ingenious basics that I think would work great for cars.

    The rotator's bearings were the full floating hubs and spindles, cut off the rear axle from a 3/4 ton truck.
    The rotating mechanism, and stop, was made from a brake slack adjuster (used on heavy trucks with air brakes) splined to the end of one of the hub's axle shaft. Adjustable arms were bolted to the wheel studs, and then welded or bolted to the load. This system was used to roll much heavier loads than a Metro. Loads turned smoothly and easily on precision bearings, and could be stopped anywhere with the slack-adjuster drive and holding system.

    Good Luck
    Last edited by denrep; 10-31-2008 at 01:05 AM.

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Fabman52 Go here ( http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/ ) they have the plans you seek.
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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    I believe Northern Tool's online catalog also might give some good ideas
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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Last edited by jniolon; 11-01-2008 at 08:50 AM.

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Thanks for all the help, got a nice set off of e-bay for like 5 bucks.
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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Don't have any plans but I can send you pics of the one that I built. I made it out of the materials that I had on hand. It spun my car like a top. Send me your email address.


    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...ght=rotisserie

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    fabman what year it that flower car 58?

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Again, no plans but here are some pictures. HF worm drive winches will pick up the car from the floor.
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    Cut an MGB and widened 11" C4 Corvette suspension and LT1 Chevrolet power & 6 spd. Pictures here:
    Part 1
    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
    Part 2
    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Jim,

    Can you tell me were you bought all the parts for this rotisserie or did you fabricate them yourself?
    It's the coolest one i've seen so far.

    C

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Quote Originally Posted by cletus View Post
    Jim,

    Can you tell me were you bought all the parts for this rotisserie or did you fabricate them yourself?
    It's the coolest one i've seen so far.

    C
    All the steel was purchased at the surplus yard. 2" square 1/4" wall for the framework and 2 1/2" square 1/4" wall (trailer hitch tube) for the slider and the socket for the tube that connects the ends. The winches are Harbor freight # 5798 about $30 but much less when on sale. The top wheel can be bought at a fence company, it is what rolling gates ride on the angle strip on the ground. The rotating pieces are 3" and 2 1/2" tubes both with 1/4" wall. If I had it to do over I would use trailer hubs and bolt onto plates on the yokes that attach to the car. The wheels are 8" heavy duty casters. I wouldn't use anything less than 6" or it would get hard to roll. Northern Tool has some 1000# 6" steel casters for $16.99
    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...70_40254_40254

    That's about it.
    Cut an MGB and widened 11" C4 Corvette suspension and LT1 Chevrolet power & 6 spd. Pictures here:
    Part 1
    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
    Part 2
    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    I like that Jim, nice work. I've thought several times about doing one for work on our trailers and flat beds. The big issue has always been how to lift the assembly to rotate it. The trackhoe won't fit in the shop at the same time the trailers are in. Usually we just flip them in the yard and set them on saw horses, but then we can't work on wet days. (Rain days are also the best days to work as we can't do anything else but shop work )

    I'll have to keep this in mind for the future and start gathering parts for the next time around.
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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    Here is a thread I had about the rotisserie I built. The pics may be helpful to you.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=28859

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    Re: Auto Rotisserie Plans?

    On another site I saw half-circle pieces of wood on the front and back of the car which allowed a controlled roll while none of the vehicle touched the ground. Don't know how it was fastened to the vehicle but it worked. Couldn't have cost more than $20 in wood.

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