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How to build a car rotisserie


Here are the steps by steps guide on how to build a car rotisserie for any kind of cars. It is best for people who would like to DIY and build a car rotisserie with low budget. A new car rotisserie cost around $1,200 to $1,700 dollars and you can build one with the budget in between $500 and $800 dollars. The biggest satisfaction is the Do It Yourself work while money is the second. Check this out!

Step 1 Define the size of the car rotisserie

The first step to build a car rotisserie is the most important, that is to define the size of the car rotisserie. Different car chassis and bodies have different size. If the car rotisserie is too big or too small it will not hold the car. However, you can alter the design of the adaptor arms to adapt different chassis that doesn’t have too much difference. See also: How much does my car weigh, List of car weights, How much is my car worth.

Step 2 Prepare material

Now you will need to prepare the material. The steps here to build a car rotisserie are for some light weight vehicles only. If you want to build a stronger car rotisserie, you will have to use bigger tubing size.

  • 2” x 3” mild steel tubing 11 gauge wall
  • 2” x 2” steel tubing
  • 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” steel tubing
  • 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” steel tubing
  • 1 ½” x 1 ½” steel tubing
  • 1” x 1” steel tubing
  • ¾” x ¾” steel tubing
  • 3/16” mild steel plate
  • ½” bolts and nuts
  • 3/8” bolts and nuts
  • 5/16” bolts and nuts

You will need a worm drive to control the rotation of the rotisserie. An easiest way is to purchase one from hardware shop or Wall-Mart. Remove any unwanted components from the worm drive’s winch and adapted to use on the rotisserie. Choose any worm drive with the ratio in between 40:1 to 60:1. This ratio is very reasonable to rotate a car body.
diagram to build car rotisserie

Step 3 Build the car rotisserie

Now you can build the car rotisserie based on the picture below. Please note that the author is not liable for any damage resulting to any cars if the plans on this page are used. View and expressed are provided without warrantee or guarantee. Apply these jobs at your own risk. If you are not sure about something, please consult a professional.
car rotisserie diagram


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