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Smile Flank's 71 Targa - 911 rotisserie pictures - plus plans so you can build your own.

Hi all,
Here are some pictures of the chassis rotisserie for the early 911's.



I would like to say that if you are planning to put your car on a rotisserie, that you have most if not all of your sheetmetal work done and also if it's a Targa, make sure you have the body braced. I had made braces for some of the previous repairs and I used them now too.



The whole rotisserie is held together with 5/8" pins, and it can come apart easy for storage. The next picture shows these pins, and some gussets.



To raise and lower the tool I decided to use these 'farm jacks' over using hydraulic cylinders. I like the mechanical action of the jacks and raising or lowering the car can be done by one person.



I made an 'index wheel' that attaches to the yokes. By working in AutoCad, I was able to come up with a simple design that by using two brackets instead of one, I can posistion the car body in one of twenty positions. When the holes are running out on on bracket, they are just begining on the other.



Here is a picture of the rear yoke. Note that the whole thing can be taken apart. By breaking the yoke down into 'components', one person can easly attach it to your car, then you add parts to it, until it's complete.



and the front yoke.



Now, the momment you've all been waiting for, Let's get this car upside down.



The reason I wanted to make this rotisserie was to help with painting the chassis. Also later for installing the wiring harness and the suspension. But the main reason was to make applying the undercoating easier. By having the car body upside down and flat. The brush on coating will have gravity working with it instead of against it. How nice will it be to have the body like this.



Later in this thread, I'll post the dimension plans and more detail shots of the yokes, so you can build your own. I had to redo this thread because the first one had too many pictures!
Here is a link to the last thread detailing the front suspension pan replacement. From there you can keep going back and check out some of the earlier work, including a chassis jig. I'll close with a self portrait. I hope it doesn't make your computer crash.



Later, Flank.
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Sorry folks, here's the link.
Flank's 71 Targa - Pictures of the finished suspension pan installation
I'll get the plans for the rotisserie up soon. I'm having to make them. Right now everything is on notes.
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Hi all,
Here are the demension plans that will help you get started making you own chassis rotisserie for the early 911's. The base for the roto is pretty basic and you can get ideas from the photos.



Here is a detail of mounting the sliding post to rest of the tool.



Here is a detail of the farm jacks used for raising the car body. I did not want the china made jacks so these are from HiLift and the model is EJ550. Do a search for HiLift and order online for $35.00 ea.




Here are the plans that I made up, so far.


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I just lost my connection to the photos. So I'll post some more detail shots later.
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Here are some more details. If you have any questions, just ask.



and from the back.



If I had to make this rotisserie over again, one change I would make is to mount the long tubing that connects the two ends under the tubing that the casters mount to. The wheels provide plenty of ground clearance to have the long tube mounted there. This way you would not have raise the car so far up to rotate it around. The length of the long tube would have to be increased by 8 inches overall to make up for the new location.

Here is a detail of the front yoke. Note that the car is upside down. This also shows the lower support bracket for the oil cooler that I made.



Here are two details of the rear yoke.



Look closely at the notches.



and finally a parting shot, showing the overall.



Thanks and I hope you all found this interesting.
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Slick! Did you have a cheap online source for the casters?
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Bill,
No they came from an industrial surplus place. The important thing is the tall wheels, they lock, and they can be made to swivel or be locked in one of four posisitions. They had wanted $55.00 each for them, but I got the four for $150. Also what I did was mount them so the pin for the swivel mechanism is inboard of the tool, so they don't stick out and get damaged or cream your shins.
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Very Nice Job !. Engineer Degree ?

Nice Color for your car also!.

Congrats.

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That is sick. Great job. You obviously don't do things half ass.

Now lets get that baby cookin!
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Flank, There's a house for sale right next to me in sunny PA, if you're interested.
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I am sooo tired of it raining for the last two weeks, I just might take you up on that.
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Very nice work!

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Hi All, It's been awhile and I am finally getting some paint on the car. I'm starting to paint the interior first. Now that there are days that the humidity is low, it should be good painting weather. Anyway this is sort of a "shameless bump" because if anyone wanted to build a rotisserie as a winter project, for some reason this thread won't appear when you do a search. The only way it appears is when you do a search called "Flank's Targa", if you type that in you can find this and other threads about the sheetmetal repairs I've done so far on my '71 Targa.
If any of you all have any questions, just ask.
Thanks, Flank
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What a coincidence--just finished mine over the weekend as can be seen here:
http://www.gruppeb.org/forum2/viewtopic.php?t=2806
I mimicked another version of a rotisserie seen here on PP. I'm going through the laborious task of stripping undercoating. Hope to repair a battery box this week and start on a few other rust repairs.
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Nice job and top man for sharing the plans on the pro looking rig.

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Thanks Flank. In addition to all the other forms of envy I have I now have to add rotisserie envy.
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Yes, it amazes me how ingenius and industrial people are in this forum and others. I've seen people fabricate many different things, and come up with creative solutions to problems.
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Very nice information. Thank you.

A request I have is an itemized list of materials that make up the rotisserie. This would make it easier to gather the materials in the correct gauges and lengths needed for the project.

I want to build this rotisserie and go to town on my '71...
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