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« on: January 16, 2017, 12:18:08 PM »

Has anyone built their own rotisserie for their charger? Wondering about cost to build and plans vs buying one as I'm not sure what would be the best one to purchase for my 70 if I go that route as opposed to building one.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 01:11:34 PM »

I bought one on eBay for 1000 bucks. Works great. Only thing I've changed on it was the wheels/casters. It has hydraulic rams on each end and has a handle and gear box to rotate the car body.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 03:05:18 PM »

I built mine. Cost was probably around $250-300 and took 2 weekends or so time to build. I do have access to a good welder and all the required tools. If you can and have the tools and ability, I recommend it. Then again, I found it fun and also built a sandblasting cabinet because I got bored and sick of wire wheeling everything. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 03:14:33 PM »

My cousin has a good welder and works for a construction company. Do you have plans that you used to build yours? I don't know anyone that has one close by that we could use as a reference. Personally we would rather build one for a cheaper cost than order one
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 10:37:27 PM »

I only have pictures of some rough sketches I did during the design phase. Everything should have all measurements included.  

This is the spine and I drilled holes and welded nuts to the center piece to lock the length in.


This is the head that the ram mounts to and receives the pivot for the t-bar. I also drilled holes and welded nuts to lock in the height(along with drilling hole through the upright and the ram locking in place).


This is the main upright piece.  


The pivots were recycled from engine stands (we had 2 of this annoying three-legged killing machines I sacrificed).


This is the T-bar.


These are the pieces that bolt to the front of the car where the front bumpers bolts up. IIRC, I shortened these to 12."  I wanted 22" so I could rotate the car with fenders on but it was too unstable when mounted to the rotisserie.



The rear is basically the same design but with some angle iron welded and bolted to where the rear bumper bolts up. Here are some pictures on action.




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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 10:40:19 PM »

For the rotator what did you end up using and is it a hand crank rotator?
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 10:42:29 PM »

I was going to add a hand crank w/gears but I really didn't need it once I got it mounted and the center of gravity right it spins really easily. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 11:07:14 PM »

How are you locking it into place when you rotate it? Is it a rotating plate with a lock pin?
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 10:05:37 AM »

Yes, I lock it with pins front and rear. I cut the top part off a couple engine stands.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2017, 12:15:22 PM »

I see. Unfortunately I don't have extra engine stands. Lol. Can you take a picture of the plate and lock set up, maybe we can fabricate one. Thanks for your help so far. Also my cousin was wondering what size steel you are using for the parts in the diagram
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2017, 03:13:23 PM »

http://store.uscartool.com/car-rotisserie-kit.html

Here is a kit to build a nice rotisserie. Just need to get some tubing.
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2017, 03:18:32 PM »

I may have to look into this when taxes come in
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 11:22:02 AM »

I built my first rotisserie. The local steel place even cut everything to size for me since it was all mainly out of their scrap pieces since nothing is over 48" long. On my second rotisserie now that either Charger #2 or the Road Runner will go up on it someday. We just took my buddies 68' Chevelle off of it recently. They are so awesome to have if you have the room (which I really don't). Just a normal 2 car garage.

Here is a tip since mine all knocks down into a million pieces we numbered everything. It helps when putting it all back together.
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