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Old 11-30-2014, 03:55 PM
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Default Tip: My RV-9A Rotisserie

I just set-up my rotisserie and I thought I'd share what I used.

First I purchased a 1000lb engine stand from HF which was on sale for $50. I used the opening in the firewall to attach to a block of wood with angle aluminum from HD and clecoed it to the firewall.



To that I attached a piece of plywood that would accommodate the engine stand mounts.



The tail took a little bit of head scratching. I cut a piece of plywood and clamped it to the longerons with 4 C-clamps, then attached a 7/8" pipe to it with 2 U-bolts, then to a home-made stand made out of 2x4 with some casters on the bottom.



Works REALLY well and also allows me to move the fuselage around in the space where I need it.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:59 PM
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Nice Tom. I made my engine stand with the same $50 HF and a piece of 3/4" pipe and all-thread. The thing I noticed was it sure turns easier with a little grease on the spindle!

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Old 11-30-2014, 09:56 PM
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Thanks for sharing Tom! I'll be building a rotisserie for my -7 soon; this seems like a great solution!
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:06 PM
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Default Fuse stand

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Thanks for sharing Tom! I'll be building a rotisserie for my -7 soon; this seems like a great solution!
Yes. Thanks. I will be there soon too.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:07 PM
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How do you guys solve the angle in the mount. The one I looked at had a slight upwards angle which would make it difficult to rotate.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:48 PM
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How do you guys solve the angle in the mount. The one I looked at had a slight upwards angle which would make it difficult to rotate.
No problem, raise the tail until it's in-line. It's not real critical.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:21 AM
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Default Engine stand angle

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How do you guys solve the angle in the mount. The one I looked at had a slight upwards angle which would make it difficult to rotate.
I used 2 HF engine stands for my wings. The angle was eliminated by simply removing the third leg, one bolt, on each stand and clamping a long 2x4 between them. That removes the angle and reinforces the assembly. I plan to do likewise for my fuselage.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:48 PM
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How do you guys solve the angle in the mount. The one I looked at had a slight upwards angle which would make it difficult to rotate.
I took off the front wheels of the HF mount and bolted on a 2x4 to it. Made it nearly level. Main thing is to get the center of both front axis and rear axis at the same height off ground for it to spin freely.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:25 AM
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Default From the - Over engineered, over built department...

Earlier in the year, I finally bit the bullet and made myself a rotisserie for my RV6A. Almost right away, I asked myself why I didn't do this years ago? It makes working on the fuselage so much easier and back friendly, especially for the vertically challenged as I am. I built my rotisserie from a combination of 3x3's, 2x6's, and 1x3's, plywood including steel tube and plate. I attached the rotisserie to the engine mounts on the front and a metal plate on the rear utilizing the attachment points for the vertical stab. I welded 1"shaft to the metal plates which rotates in 2 pillow block bearings mounted on the 3x3 uprights. I am very happy with the outcome. The fuselage is level and will rotate about 230 degrees with the use of a single finger. I will likely use the rotisserie for painting as well. I highly recommend you build one for your project. No chance of falling in the fuselage with one of these babies.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:27 AM
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