Universal Rollover Jig

  1. Onoff Member

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    Just throwing this out there...

    A long term plan is to make a rollover jig for two Capris I have.

    However a more immediate need is to sort the sills on my MK1 Ford Focus estate.

    One Capri I need to get going to get out of the garage. The plan is to then get the Focus in to sort the sills. But rather that dicking about with jacks and stands is it feasible to make a rollover jig that will support the bumperless Focus still with doors, bonnet and tailgate on AND the engine still in?

    Then just swap the support member for the Capri shell later on.

    Got mma and mig btw.

    Cheers.
     
  2. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    Maybe


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  3. gt6s Member

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    I get the feeling what OP is referring to is commonly known as a spit. Not a roll over jig.

    Laurence
     
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    mike 109444 Member

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  5. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    Why do you need rollover to do Focus sills ? I always put car up ramps and jack the back end onto stands then just sit on the floor or lie down to get underneath. I'll admit it wasn't always ideal but it worked. Just get the Focus done and out the way quick to concentrate on the Capris. I think you would struggle to get the balance right with the engine still in.
     
  6. Onoff Member

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  7. Onoff Member

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    Just exploring options though I do over think things! Newbie to this sort of thing but yeah maybe just raise as high as I can on stands. Not just the sills I think. Nasty stuff going on under that super absorbent "felt" they line the rear arches with! Wondering if I could do away with it and just Shultz the whole area when done?
     
  8. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Here's mine. 33551-dd6f6a78aad9dfe723ed6ca36cdaea34.jpg 33552-c4105573bad19092ecaffcda37746b76.jpg
     
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  9. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I've read that some just push it over onto a row of tyres - not saying it's the greatest idea but it'd be cheap........:rolleyes:

    Proceed at your own risk!! E & OE :whistle:
     
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  10. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Used to role the Minis on an old mattress or tires the mattress was good you could kip in the service van as well :thumbup:
     
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  11. Onoff Member

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    Couldn't you shove a scaffold pole from one end to the other on the old Minis and rotate about that? Sure I've seen it somewhere.
     
  12. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Not with the engine in & trim as well & in the middle of Kielder forest at 04.00GMT raining & blowing a gale, & the hole was big not scaf size :laughing:
     
  13. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    I''ve seen on the net someone roll a car with two big round bits of reinforced ply.
     
  14. GW8IZR

    GW8IZR Gone.

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    The pikeys used to do it with a couple of mattresses
     
  15. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    That conjures up some horrible thoughts...:o .and I thought we were talking about rolling cars :whistle:
     
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  16. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I was looking at these recently to help me out with sill welding....but my worry was that having a car on it's side just suspended by the hubs might end up putting a load of forces on the shell that it wasn't necessarily designed to handle! Then throw in the cutting disc on the sills and lots of interesting things could happen...of course you could brace everything I guess.

    I see these on the bay of fleas quite regularly....I was wondering whether people buy them and then they don't quite work out as planned so they get shut of them!
     
  17. Onoff Member

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    When I do the Capri shells I'll tack braces across the door openings and fit a strut brace too.

    It's funny but I really thought I'd be doing the Capris, at my leisure, before the daily on the hurry up! Still, guess I should've done better at school! :)
     
  18. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    Autovip 1700? I had one and sold it to Puffernutter. Made a couple of attachments for mine here to make turning the car round without refitting the wheels or suspension.
     
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  19. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Cheers Wallace....thats great work....I really like the reusability that you've built into your designs.

    Onoff...I'm going through the bracing at the moment. I'm going to brace the corners of the shell before I cut the sills out...my bracing is OTT but the shell I think is very weak so I don't want to take any chances. I'll be bolting mine into the door hinge holes and the seatbelt mounts as I want to reuse the brace in future (I have 2 cars to do!)
     
  20. Spot the welders dog

    Spot the welders dog Member

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    Cheap and cheerful way to gain some height for those rusty Ford repairs.

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