How to mount your Mini on A Spit!
    To make it easier to work on major restoration work, here is a few pictures and measurements for putting together a rotissaire on which you can mount your Mini. As the cars usually rust from the bottom up, life is a lot simpler when you can spin the car around to work on the bottom. This make welding, painting and mounting all the fuel and brake lines a standup propostion, instead of lying on your back.  
    The stand is quite simple to build if you have a welder, some scrap steel and a few nuts and bolts. You will need the following:
  • 2 inch square steel tubing - 24 feet 
  • 2 inch round steel tubing - 3 feet 
  • 1 3/4 inch round steel tubing - 12 feet 
  • 1 1/4 inch angle iron - 4 feet 
  • 1 inch flat steel bar - 8 feet 
  • 9/16 x 2 1/2 bolts with nuts - 4 
  • 5/16 x 2 1/2 lots with nuts - 12 
  Before mounting the car on the rotissaire, it is a good idea to brace the car especially if you are removing the floorpan or other main support parts of the body. For this you can use 1 1/4 inch square tubing. The tubing is welded across the door openings fron the top of the rear storage bins to the door posts on each side. Then from the upper front windshield post to the opposite side of the car attaching to the tubing just welded across the door opening. Then weld the tubing together in the middle where they meet. This should keep the car from moving when any body parts are removed  
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