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#1 Bigfella

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:47 PM

I'm think I will start building a rotisserie in the next few weeks.
From the reading I have done on the site I have a couple of options.

Build one form a couple of engine stands or Build one form scratch.

I like the idea of using a couple of stands, But I am curious I read some where here that you can't buy steel the same dimensions as the cheap engine stands. Has this been a problem for any one? If so what is the solution?

Also I was wondering what the minimum hight off the ground, I can get away with. I have a very low roof.
Does anyone have some plans or dimensions I can steel.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:54 PM

Hi bigfella,

zzzzed from the forum built one and made a video about it, here is the link - http://www.youtube.c.../24/5e1B3Z2C2ac


Cheers,

Jane :)

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:01 PM

Thanks Jane

I have seen that one Mick has made, Nice and heavy duty. I would be interested in what people have done with engine stands.

Cheers Matt

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:01 PM

thanx that saved me the effort. Im not sure what metal is worth now but when i built mine it cost me about $250 in metal

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:03 PM

thanx that saved me the effort. Im not sure what metal is worth now but when i built mine it cost me about $250 in metal


Thanks Mick

YOu mentioned second hand in your video, is that correct?


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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:13 PM

did I ? no the metal was all new and un used

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:43 PM

hey big fella

have a look here http://www.viczcar.c...ic,5610.30.html

i  used 2 cheap eBay special engine stands i cut them down and welded in a smaller sq pipe to give me the height

The metal cost me about $150

height of the ground is 1250mm.

I added a 300mm insert into the vertical tube of each engine stand. Be very careful when you do this to make sure the pivot point is horizontal. The axis of rotation needs to be 75mm above the bumper bar mounts both front and rear. I can rotate mine with one hand.

I also fitted 4" Castor wheel - very cheap on eBay. The small wheels fitted to the standard engine-stand make it difficult to move when there is a significant load applied.

hope this helps
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:50 PM

Thanks Loui

So it looks like the inserts you welded in a a bit smaller is that correct. Did it cause you to much trouble joining them?

I notice that some people mount too the bumper mounts at the front others run steel right under the chassis rails by the looks.
does it make much difference ?


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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:57 PM

hey mate

Yes the inserts are  smaller and i run mine all the way down inside to make sure the support is on the base of the engine stand
i also found it easier to weld like this

Under the chassis rails you have a least 3 bolt points on either rail , i like this as it seems to be a stronger place to secure the stands

This is peter allen ( forum member) design that i copied

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:04 PM

This one cost me over $600 in materials
But considering I spent 9 months cutting out rust it was money well spent
It was copied from the Zfactory design, ie portable can be sent to the sandblasters etc while on the rotisserie

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:52 PM

Man that is one seriously heavy duty rotisserie !

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:56 PM

My 0.02 cents worth.

Better to make it height and width adjustable if you can. That way when you are finished with it, you can on sell it to someone else that can easily use it on various other cars.

Made mine with a winch/come along at each end so that I can lift/lower it by myself at anytime. Easier to work on and easier to load/unload the car on the rotisserie

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