ROTISSERIE AND DOLLY
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|Two tools which have made the restoration
possible have been the rotisserie and dolly. If you can cut metal and
weld a little, these are easy items to make and items which make
restoration really possible.
The first challenge is to locate steel. The local hardware store will not do. Locate steel supply yards. They sell steel based on the going price by weight. Prices will be a fraction of the hardware stores and they will have the selection of steel you will need.
They typically have scrap piles but angle iron, tubing and channel come in lengths from 20' to 24'. Bring a trailer of some times I just have them cut it in half and haul it in my truck.
I cut all steel with a $49 Harbor Freight chop saw. The cheap chop saw has served me well for years through 1000's of lbs of steel.
The cart was originally built for an MGB. Since I knew I was going to use it for the Pantera as well, I made sure it was wide enough to accommodate the Pantera.
The first thing to do is determine where you plan to support the car. I supported the Pantera from the engine mounts and the front rails. The base frame was built from these dimensions.
Next the car was supported at the height I planned on working on the car. Then the uprights were built and welded on. I use a single locating bolt in each engine mount. The long bolt goes down through the motor mount into a hole in the top of the upright. I will photograph this next time it is on the dolly. The bolt does not have a nut on it. It just keeps the body located where it needs to be and it works well.
On the dolly I roll the Pantera in and out of the shop all the time. Large wheels make it easy to move. I wrapped a strap around the body and dolly when I winched it up on a trailer to haul to the media blasters.
***Click on photo for larger image***
|Originally built for MGB||Sits on engine mount and front frame. Bolt through engine mount.|
|Uprights used tubing welded on sideways for car to sit on.||Easy to move in and out of shop by myself|
|Pulled on to trailer with wench.||Also very useful in getting car ON and OFF, as well as building Rotisserie.|
The rotisserie was surprisingly easy to build. First determine how high you want the car sideways. This determines your height. Then work form the car to the rotisserie. Telescopic tubing provides the pivot which was found at the local steel supply shop. Telescopic tubing for the frame keeps it in line.
The following was center for me. I if you build it and it is heavy one way or another, contact me and I can tell you how to calculate how far center needs to be moved. It's not hard.
|Work from the suspension out.||Jacked up at appropriate height (see photos bellow for height).|
|Upward to roto mount.||Notice reinforcement bars.|
|More reinforcement bars in front.||This rotisserie was originally used on this MGB.|
|This height worked great for me.||Click for larger photo.|
|If you need more measurements let me know.||If yours does not balance neutrally let me
know and I can help you calculate a new pivot location. Not all cars
will be the same.
These tools have given me the ability to do the things outlined on these pages with this car!