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NOT A TA SuperDork
10/22/19 6:54 p.m.

Buy used rotisserie on list of craig. Remove little steel castors only good for smooth concrete floors. Weld on larger diameter castors with solid rubber tires and use 3 wheels on each end instead of 2 which spreads out the weight so one wheel doesn't dig in. Do a fabulous job on the car shell.  Sell used rotisserie when done to recoup almost all you paid for it and wheels.  The "cost" of replacing the wheels won't be fully recovered when selling but I'd bet it'd be less in TIME/money than you'll spend on redneck contraptions and be safer. It's sooooo much easier to move the rotisserie around with the big rubber tire castors.

The one I used came with larger castors than most rotisseries come with and I still didn't like them so put the bigger rubber tire ones on.

OR,  find someone coming down to FL on vacation and make an offer on the one I used, have friend drop it off to you. https://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/tls/d/delray-beach-redline-rts-3000-auto/6992719528.html




nimblemotorsports Reader
10/22/19 7:24 p.m.

Not sure this will help, but I had a 15ft Hydrostream Outboard boat that needed bottom fiberglass work.

I rigged straps with rollers (using HF $5 wheels minus the rubber)on my garage rafters, ran the straps under the boat, tightened straps to lift it off the trailer, and then I could roll the boat over.  It would not roll all the way over, but maybe 45,  enough to work on the bottom ok.   Then reversed when done back onto trailer.  Did it all by myself.

ultraclyde PowerDork
10/22/19 8:15 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

...full concourse neon restoration ...


...i want this thing flawless on every surface...

... Driveway is gravel and sloped. Bodywork and painting will be done outside...

Only on GRM do we think these things go together.

NOT A TA SuperDork
10/22/19 8:28 p.m.
ultraclyde said:
Dusterbd13-michael said:

...full concourse neon restoration ...


...i want this thing flawless on every surface...

... Driveway is gravel and sloped. Bodywork and painting will be done outside...

Only on GRM do we think these things go together.

Hey, I did it. And yes it IS a GRM way of thinking .....  ahahaha   Pretty sure this car was the last car to grace the cover of Popular Hot Rodding painted outside in a dirt/gravel driveway, probably one of few ever. It's gotta be dead calm when ya paint.



Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/22/19 9:17 p.m.

We do alright for gravel driveway painting here....

and thats 4.99 ollies valspar!

Not-a-ta: hadn't thought about finding a used one and reselling afterwards! Ill keep my eyes open for one, but want to continue this discussion in case.

No Time
No Time Dork
10/23/19 6:04 a.m.

This might be a bit extreme, but maybe that's what's needed. 

Start with the front and rear differential from a 4wd pickup  as your base. You could substitute a beam type front axle if that's easier. You could then build upon those using the spring perches as a mounting point for a wood or metal rotisserie frame. The axles can be sold after the project to recoup cost.

The extreme part is next....think Radio Flyer meets NASA mobile launch platform  

The diff can be driven by a belt and motor harvested from any number of sources (old snowblower, ride on mower, golf cart,, electric appliances, old starter, old starter generator combo or battery power).

If you can harvest the motor controller or transmission for speed and direction then you can make it easier to make it self propelled.   

Add a tiller style steering handle to the front axle, using a single link to connect the spindles and control the direction.

It's a bit extreme, but a self propelled red wagon with a rotisserie mounted on it would address the issues of gravel, hills, and mobility. 


gearheadmb SuperDork
10/23/19 7:42 a.m.

I would use a farm wagon running gear as my starting point. It will cost more up front but if you buy it for a fair price you can resell it for the same amount when you're done.

TrentO New Reader
10/23/19 10:15 a.m.

We built our rotisserie so it mounted to our existing car trailer.  This allowed us to take the car to a paint booth and paint from all angles.  We basically used trailer hitch recievers and 2" steel tubing for the mounts. Worked really well and kept the whole thing movable while we worked on it.  Here's a picture of the tub on the trailer: http://www.rxracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/SuspOn.jpg

We used the factory bumper mounts to hold tha tub, figuring they should be strong enough and they were.



nimblemotorsports Reader
10/23/19 10:54 a.m.

In reply to TrentO :

This is the way to go for the OP, so it can roll on the gravel.

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