The MGA With An Attitude
ROTISSERIE for MGA Frame #1 - RT-212F

The common approach for making a rotisserie for an MGA frame or body shell commonly starts with two engine stands as a shortcut to the rotational axis, then fabricate some fixture pieces to attach the frame or body to the rotating parts. The following pictures come from Del Rawlins in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. While this looks like a little more work, it also looks like a real sweet setup for a one-handed rollover. Click for larger images.

Notes from Del:
Had I realized just how awesome it was going to be, I would have knuckled down and finished it a lot sooner. It was a lot of work, but my brother and I shared the cost of materials since both of our frames need work. The beauty of it is that due to use of trailer hubs for the moving parts, attachments for other things can be built easily. Eventually we plan to use it with aircraft wings, fuselages, etc.

The MGA frame ended up being almost perfectly balanced with the brackets I made; it just barely wants to be upside down. It is easy to turn the whole frame with just one hand, while the other is on the vise grips that serve as a holding device. The brake rotor was from a motorcycle, and is welded to one of the hubs. The vise grips are welded to a bracket which can be removed in order to remove the hub from the stand.

I don't think the angle iron parts on the bases need to be as long as I made them. I am probably going to shorten them up at some point, to make the bases easier to move around. In case anybody wonders about the square tubes sticking off the back, those are for changing the height using a hi-lift jack. They have a piece of strap welded on the ends to keep the jack from slipping off.

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