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How to: Building a rotiserrie

Discussion in 'Offroad Fabrication - Bumpers, Sliders, Cages etc.' started by Rick, July 31, 2008.

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    1. Evil Eye

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      Looks good, Rick. Once you've got it done, give me a shout if you want some help getting it mounted up.
       
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    3. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Thanks. I may have to take you up on that;)

      I'm not as close to being done as I thought. I found some more rotisserrie plans and want to add something to this one:

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      I like the wheel that allows the car to be locked in position at multiple angles. I'm going to cut the ring with my plasma cutter. I knew that thing would come in handy:D
       
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      90ranajo The Little TJ that could

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      You could use a pair of those Harbor Freight geared winches to raise and lower the shell.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Woo hoo!!! She's a rotatin'!!!
       

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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Wow!!!

      That turned out great!!! I guess your back will never see the floor or the creeper ever again :)
       
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      I have to remove the jig in the back with the wheels on it for the car to fully rotate around.

      That jig is bolted in, but it has a small strut on it which is welded in place. Since I still need to work on the car on the jig for awhile longer, I'm not going to remove it yet. The car rotates much easier than I thought. I just stuck a torsion bar in the end of the cross bar and gave twisted. No problem at all!

      I used my floor jack with the extension I use to raise the Explorer high enough for jack stands. I think the extension is about 18-24". I need to make another identical extension so I can use both my floor jacks at once instead of having to jack, pin, go to the other side, jack, pin, and so on...

      I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I still plan on adding the locking ring, but that can wait.

      For now I'm :D:bounce: This was my biggest fabrication project yet.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Oh... almost forgot to mention that this thing ended up longer than I had hoped:( I had to turn the car sideways in the three car garage for it to work:eek:
       
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      Wow, looks great, Rick! How do you keep the doors closed since your latches have been removed?

      PS. Very nice lines there, bud. Just thought I would say it again... :D
       
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      I only rotated the car towards the side without a door:D That door will be coming off soon.
       
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      Ah, that's right!!!
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Full tilt boogie

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      Awesome, Rick!! :thumbsup:

      So, how much 'too long' is it to fit where you wanted it?
       
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      Time to put casters on the ol' rotiserrie..

      Looking good!
       
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      Probably a foot too long.

      I have casters for it. There are 6x6x1/8 pads welded to each corner already drilled for the casters. I left them off to provide more stability while working on it.
       
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      Those are some serious welding skills...
       
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      Looks good Rick. Have you thought of running a gusset from the uprights towards the center where it says super hitch? You have them going left and right what about one going towards the center.
       
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      Yep, I have thought of that and plan on doing it. One side can be welded at both ends. The other will need a bracket fabricated which so I can still pull it all apart.
       
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      Great job. Great tool!
       
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