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Rotisserie systems greatly improve access, generating higher-quality restorations.
When working to create the ultimate in highquality restoration, it’s extremely helpful to see what you’re doing. It may sound obvious, but getting to those hard-to-reach underside areas is key. Rotisserie systems help you avoid many hours laying under a car supported by jackstands, attempting to clean and ready for paint and primer. A rotisserie system is the best and safest way to achieve perfect paint applications on all bodywork.
While many folks may see these as a tool for only the high-tech professional shop, the cost of a home-use vehicle rotisserie has dropped significantly. Fact is, if you only do even one car, the benefits of investing in one of these systems is well worth it. What’s even more interesting is that rotisserie systems for the home mechanic just aren’t that
expensive. And if you plan to do any painting, a rotisserie ensures easy viewing and total coverage of both the underside and top side of the body. (It’s extremely common to miss rocker panels and other lower sections, since they’re low to the ground and require extreme bending by the painter.)
Automotive rotisseries come in a variety of types but those with heavy-duty dolly wheels and heavier metal construction with roller wheel bearings will obviously be worth the added cost for mobility. Spend the money and buy a system that fits the job based on the weight of your vehicle — don’t scrimp. In addition, there are rotisserie system for hoods and trunks, allowing easy stripping of old paint, prepping of the panel, and application of paint. Note that these systems are mobile so that you can paint the body and the additional parts at the same time to ensure consistent coloration.
Note that different-style rotisseries will grip the car bodies and parts in unique ways. Some are designed for frame attachment while others bolt to the body (an important point with Chrysler unibody vehicles). When ordering your rotisserie, make certain it fits the vehicle you have in mind and can withstand an over 3,000pound vehicle when stripped down. Hand pumps for rotating the body 360 degrees once it’s bolted in position are a good piece of optional equipment that aren’t present on all rotisserie systems.
Shop for your rotisserie online or build your own. The following notes a number of systems that can be ordered and shipped for around $1,200 or less. There are also a number of kits you can purchase, allowing you to weld it yourself and personalize the fitment for your application. The choice is yours.
Rotisserie systems help you avoid many hours laying under a car supported by jackstands, attempting to clean and ready for paint and primer.