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Body Cart, Rotisserie, Jack Stands?
#1
I'm not sure what the best option is for me...  I know what I would really want (a rotisserie) but I don't think I have the room for that.  

So with that being said I'm very interested to see how you all did your restorations.  Did you just use some nice big 6 ton jack stands to get the car up higher?  Did you buy or fabricate a body cart with wheels?  Did you do the rotisserie?  

My car has some pretty rusty suspension components and I really would like to blast the bottom as well to get any rust off before proceeding.  Basically everything needs to come off so I really need to have the car high enough but also need for it to be mobile in case I had to move it out of the garage at some point to blast the whole car.

If you have any pics of your car while being restored showing what you used that would be awesome so I could see what you were working with, how much clearance you had, mobility, etc.

Thanks everyone!
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#2
I didn't have room for a rotisserie to hang out all the time either so here is what I did. Stripped the car down and attached it to a rotisserie and got it to a height I liked. Then I welded together a platform that attached to the same points that the suspension would normally attach to with big 5 inch wheels. I mounted it to the car while it was still on the rotisserie and then just let it take the weight and disconnect from the rotisserie. That way I could work underneath it without raising it, move it around and get it out of the way and easily pop it back on to flip it over. Ill make a drawing here for you.
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#3
I build a garage with a 7500 pound two arm asymmetric lift.  I also had access to a rotisserie for a few months for painting the undercarriage and engine compartment.  Unfortunately, I made the decision to paint the undercarriage inside the garage and paint got everywhere.  


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ok midlifes is MUCH cooler but mine way WAY cheaper Smile
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#5
I would love a garage and I'm working on buying the empty lot next to me but that could take time and a bit of $$$. I will definitely have a lift if I have a garage built. But for now....Lol....maybe jack stands. I think my issue with a rotisserie is not having a deep enough garage. I could get a body cart I suppose or make something like libram did.

where do the body carts connect to on the car? As for jack stands what is the best placement for being up long term?
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#6
I considered a rotisserie then realised I don't have enough room
Had to contend with jack stands and borrowed some truck stands to get one side up higher for under body work
If you have the room definitely rotisserie otherwise you will need to be a contortionist or put up with the aches and pains as many others do
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#7
Did all of the work on mine on jackstands. Also had a set of car skates to roll the body around when needed.

You could build a body cart and attach it to the front lower control arm bolts and the front eyes for the leaf springs. That'll leave plenty of room to work around.


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(01-17-2018, 07:00 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: I considered a rotisserie then realised I don't have enough room
Had to contend with jack stands and borrowed some truck stands to get one side up higher for under body work
If you have the room definitely rotisserie otherwise you will need to be a contortionist or put up with the aches and pains as many others do

If I use jack stands where are the best places to position them for long term use?  

When you had the one side higher was the other side still on tires?
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(01-18-2018, 01:26 PM)ITMike5.0 Wrote:
(01-17-2018, 07:00 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: I considered a rotisserie then realised I don't have enough room
Had to contend with jack stands and borrowed some truck stands to get one side up higher for under body work
If you have the room definitely rotisserie otherwise you will need to be a contortionist or put up with the aches and pains as many others do

If I use jack stands where are the best places to position them for long term use?  

When you had the one side higher was the other side still on tires?

Mostly the front stands stay under the chassis rails close to the torque boxes
The rear stands under axle housing or if removed under the rocker panel and you could put a wooden plank under both rocker panels where the jacking notches are and support it from that which I have also done
Now I have sub frame connectors I support the rear end there
When I jacked the side up for the truck stands I had the other side on stands and although not the safest way I only had a body shell pretty much so very little weight.
Another way to get extra height is to put it up on ramps if you have a rolling vehicle
Main thing to consider is where you support it when doing frame work, floors for example if installing sub frame connectors should be on wheels/ramps
Hope that helps
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#10
I guess it depends on how old you are now and how old you want to be when finished.  Nothing beats a rotisserie for cleaning the bottom side of your car and getting it coated well.   My project has taken way too long and I kinda dread crawling on the concrete floor.

But that's just my opinion...

kcmash
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