Joined: 20 Jun 2011 Posts: 42 Location: Mansfield,Nottinghamshire
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:36 pm Post subject: Rotisserie with engine in situ
I saw a rotisserie for sale on ebay a few weeks ago that the guy had used to restore his jaguar on.He said in the advert that it was a very solid piece of kit and it held his car with the engine,gearbox & axle still in the car,i have seen a fancy hydraulic one for about £700 but his was just a normal A frame type.
The point of my rambling is to ask opinions as to how safe you think it would be,i know all liquids would need to be drained but i'm thinking about the weight issue
Joined: 03 Dec 2007 Posts: 307 Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:55 pm Post subject:
i think the center of gravity would be the deciding factor, more than the weight. most setups like these are pretty well engineered and have a wide safety margin. i'd be sure to closely examine the engine mounts before taking it upside down! nothing to ruin your day like having a block come loose and fall out. _________________ nothing is ever so far gone as to be unsalvageable. see this bolt?.....
Joined: 25 May 2011 Posts: 400 Location: South Cheshire
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:26 pm Post subject:
To me, the issue would be whether the mounts could hold all that weight - I have one of these A-frames and it bolts to the bumper mounts front and rear, and I'd be amazed if they would take the weight of the fully-assembled vehicle. I know the towing point is often on the same mounting, but I would imagine (and I mean that, I don't know enough of the physics involved) there's a lot of difference between being strong enough to pull the car along the road, and being strong enough to lift the whole lot off the ground.
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