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Shop Equipment and Tools
From: Lockport, NY USA
Registered: Apr 2002
posted 06-27-2002 10:18 PM
My '68 Runner weighs about 3500 lbs. How much do you think it weighs without engine, trans, rear, gas tank, interior, doors, trunk lid and hood? I'm building a rotisserie, and want to make sure that it's strong enough!
I started to build my own body handler a couple of years ago for my GTX. I shopped the builders to get some ideas and was very surprised to find out that the geometry to keep the two ends of the car in sync through the spin was WAY over my head. So I bought a WhirlyJig. It was the best thought-out and Warren (the manufacturer) took a lot of time fully explaining the set-up and operation. The way I set mine up it cost about $1,100. I feel it was worth the money, plus I can sell it anytime and get a lot of my money back. WhirlyJig has built these things for years and have the best product I have seen. Their phone is 901.642.0660
I have been researching autobody rotisseries for about two weeks, and the two ready-made ones that look the best so far are the WhirlyJig mentioned by DaveRS23 which can be seen at their website:
I like the large pneumatic tires on the "Bottoms Up" model made by Accessible Systems which should make rolling on & off trailers and across grass and other irregular surfaces a lot easier. It also has extendable solid feet to keep it steady when working on the car.
If anyone has any other manufacturers in mind which offer a well made unit please post a reply with that information...
MarkBeep - Most manufacturers seem to rate their top of the line models at 3,000 pounds. Remember, someone may decide the bare body is a handy place to store loose parts, so having excess capacity is a good idea. Also, as important as strength is stability. A lot of the homemade rotisseries are very marginal in the area of being stable so pushing on the unit does not tip it over. This is especially true on the ones that are based on modified engine stands... Imagine how the side of your MoPar would look if the rotisserie tipped over and fell on its side.
Good luck with your project, and please post any information that you come accross (or email me directly).
Heres a couple of generic pics of mine.
Mine works pretty good on my Roadrunner. You can find the plan from the link in my web page
ampam rotisserie plans worked great on my superbird.spent about $200 on the steel and about 8hrs cutting and welding it together
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