Monday, November 21, 2011

Just About There

OK, I have the rotisserie about 95% complete.  I finished the pivots, and got started on the brackets for the car.  I need to make some adapters for the brackets, so the front end will connect via the subframe mounting points on the cowling and the rear will connect via the bumper brackets.

All in all, I think the rotisserie is grossly overbuilt, but that's OK.  We'll see how it works on the car.

I still need to fab up the height adjustment bars, but that should only take a minute or two.  I also need to cut the connector bar to length, and get the pin bolts set up for that as well.  Hopefully after Thanksgiving I can get it finished up and get the car up on it.

I'm also going to fabricate an engine mount to have the ability to use one of the rotisserie tripods as a motor/transmission stand.  They're more than stout enough.  In fact, I think they could be adapted to be used for all kinds of different stand-related functions.  We'll see how that goes.  I'm quite a ways off from any engine work yet.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Got the casters on the rotisserie, and prepped the frames for painting.  I still haven't got the brackets built for the car, but the steel is sitting there waiting on me.

I probably won't get a bunch done this weekend, as I'll hopefully be running the gas line to my fancy Samsung dryer that's been sitting on my basement floor for a year.  It'll be nice to get that thing finally hooked up.

Hopefully I'll be able to give the rotisserie a good coat of POR-15, and at least get started on the brackets.  Pictures will follow shortly.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted

Well, I feel like an idiot.  Metal Supermarkets was such a great store for the round tube for the rotisserie, that I decided they deserved my business for the rest of the steel for the brackets.  Turns out, they are great for smaller odds and ends, but pretty bad for regular lengths.  I ended up paying about double on two 10' lengths of 2.5" square tubing.

Makes my stomach hurt.  $100 down the tubes.  Shit.

I still like that store for odds and ends.  But next time I will go with Wasatch Steel or Metalmart for the other stuff.