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What have you guys rigged up to work on the underside of your car? a rotisserie is not in the budget…. I would like to tip the car on its side to clean and POR the underside after reinforcing the torque boxes and installing subframe connectors…. I hate putting shiny new parts on a frame covered in surface rust and grime. I was thinking about laying some foam mats the floor and on the garage wall, and then leaning the roof of the car up against the wall…. Driveline and interior will be gone, so it won't be much more than a shell. This may sound kinda redneck, but if I can get to the underside comfortably, it will be much easier to do a decent job, plus I'll be able to spray the POR instead of brushing it on.

I do not want to damage the paint or panels of the car! It's a 1978 Ford Fairmont.

I'm sure somebody has improvised like this before!

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2 post car lift it's over head work but if you have a buddy that will help it's good
 

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No access to a lift for the length of time I would need. This is an all winter project that'll take place in my garage.

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What I have done in the past is make up 2 big "L" Brackets out of 2x3x.120 or 2x4x.120 rectangular tube 5 to 6 feet long at more than 90 degrees. Some where in the 110 degree area. Weld on some Tabs to pickup the suspension points. Bolt them on and get a few friends and roll it over on its side. It will be stable and holds the body off the floor for easy access to work on the bottom. ---- Q
 

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Budget rotisserie....

 

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Two good ideas! Thanks for sharing Carl. Wonder how stable that is?

I like your idea Q. I may go that route, since materials would be cheap! Might add casters for mobility. Might be nice to roll it out of the garage once in a while to do some cleanup. Things get dirty quickly after a few days of welding and grinding.

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I made my "rotisserie" out of wood. Just do a Google image search for wood auto rotisserie. I modeled mine after the one with a 2x6 and quarter moon of plywood. It works great and I can rotate it on its side by myself.
 

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Two good ideas! Thanks for sharing Carl. Wonder how stable that is?
Think I'd at least want a compression strap between the two stands, maybe even weld in a piece of 2x2 steel.

Steel is pretty expensive these days, might be a wash building your own vs buying engine stands. You can get 2000 pounds engine stands for less than $150 each, which should easily support a Zephyr.
 

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Being on a budget I just built some blocks to get my car up off the ground. Then after that use safety glasses and a face shield because crap goes everywhere. I like to use a 4 1/2" grinder with a wire wheel and go to town. Don't forget gloves, a long sleeve shirt, a hat and probably some ear plugs. . Also use a grinder with a momentary switch NOT one with an on/off switch. If it should get out of your hands you want it to shut off ASAP. As far as painting you just have to go slower than you could on a vertical surface but it will work fine overhead.

 

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I used 2 Princess Auto ( are Harbor Freight up here ) 35 years ago when I did a complete on my '67 Mustang . just weld some 2x3 steel outriggers on it to keep it from tipping , and have a couple of buddies help when you want to turn it on its side !!
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Good luck!!
 
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