When performing a restoration, a rotisserie is often helpful, allowing one a comfortable working position while providing access to places that would otherwise be nigh-on impossible to get to without an expensive lift. We came across this ingenious solution while up at Trevor's a couple of months back — Trev's restoring a Mini that used to be a crisps delivery van in Dublin. It's in relatively good shape for a 40-year old car that was never seen as more than an appliance, but the suspension needed to be rebuilt and there was a healthy amount of floorpan corrosion.
For a light, unibody car like a Mini, Trev's rough-but-elegant solution is perfect. After gutting the interior and yanking the front and rear subframes, he bolted up these simple rockers made of tubing and angle iron to the body, which affords him 0, 45 and 90-degree working positions. It's really stable, and it can easily and safely be moved from position to position by one man. Note, while this same technique could be applied to other, larger vehicles, such as Camaros or Mopar B-Bodies, we'd recommend heavier construction, and at least a couple of guys to rotate the car. Something as light as a stripped-out Mini body doesn't have a whole lot in the way of inertia, making it highly unlikely to over-rotate when flipping the vehicle. But for a shadetree resto project like Trev's, we can't think of a more KISS-simple solution.
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