EZ wrote:Well I've completely run out of room in my garages so I thought I'd build a rotisserie so I could get my Cadillac body down off the wooden supports I built and take it outside. That will free up half of one garage for painting or building the motor or whatever, I can walk under the body but I have to stoop over and the whole thing just takes up a lot of room!
I also have decided that my back is not going to let me sit under the body and work over my head to remove the under coating, clean and paint the bottom of the car. With the rotisserie I can flip the car upside down or on it's side and work comfortably.
I've looked at rotisseries on several different web sites to see what features I want to incorporate in mine. I'm taking the best from each one. The first thing I'm doing is using 3/16" thick steel tube. The cheaper rotisseries are 1/8" thick and will not support very much weight. Also the 1/8" thick square tubing does not fit inside the next bigger size very well. There is WAY too much "slop". The 3/16" thick square tube slides together nicely with just enough gap but not too much. The pieces slide in and out real EZ.
My rotisserie will be rated at 3000 lbs. but will probably be able to hold twice that much weight. I know it sounds like over kill but when picking up a 20 foot long Cadillac frame and body the rotisserie better be pretty stout. Those Chinese rotisseries just won't cut it!!!
I'll have four 4" casters on each end of the rotisserie. Each caster will swivel and is rated at 800 lbs. each. I doubt I'll ever have 3200 lbs on either end of this thing but I wanted the casters to roll easily and not be in a bind. Here again there are cheaper casters out there but a 300 lb. Harbor Freight caster just isn't what I wanted. If I was only going to pick up an 800 lb. Camaro body it would be different. A lot of those lifts you see at the car shows are only built to handle that much weight but if you put a REAL car on it then you start having problems.
As you can see I'm using my scissor lift as a work table. I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood for a top. I'm using a 4' level to make sure everything is perfectly level before I weld anything in place. So far it's working very well. BTW..........does that look like $500 worth of steel laying in the driveway?? OUCH!!!
I'll post some pics now and update as I go along................
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