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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 19, 6:58 PM Thread Starter
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El Camino on rotissere?

Can any one that has restored an El Camino that has put it on a rotissere confirm if I will need to stiffen and reinforce the roof to the back of the bedsides to keep it from trying to fold up or sag in the middle while it is on there. Since the frame is boxed on El Caminos like they are on convertibles because of the El Camino roof being so small, I'm assuming it needs extra support to keep it from sagging in the middle during this process. When I restored my 71 convertible, I made reinforcement bar that ran from where the top assy bolted to the inner quarters to the top of the windshield pillars while i had it up there. Thanks guys

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 19, 7:36 PM
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Re: El Camino on rotissere?

I had my 72 on a rotisserie for 18 months while restoring it. Never added any additional supports. I even removed & replaced the floor pan under the smugglers box. Never had any sag issues.
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Re: El Camino on rotissere?

Thanks Dr Pepper. I saw a photo of Bill Rose's ElCamino on a rotissere after I made my original post, and he didnt have any added supports either. I guess I don't need to after all. That's good news. I've already replaced all of the sheet metal that needed it while on the body jig, so if you didn't have any issues, I shouldn't either. Thanks again

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Re: El Camino on rotissere?

I had my 64 ec on a rotisserie for over 5 years without any bracing and it didn't
seem to distort it in any way but I didn't replace any floorboards or body panels either
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Re: El Camino on rotissere?

Lifted mine with a cherry picker numerous times by the seatbelt holes int he smugglers box. Never SAW anything bad...once it was painted I noticed over time just above that box afew small cracks in the paint...perhas some flex no big deal.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 19, 6:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: El Camino on rotissere?

The reasoning behind me questioning the need to brace an El Camino is the fact that the convertibles and El Caminos had boxed frames, and so I was thinking that maybe since the El Camino roof was so small, that it might need to be reinforced like a convertible does when you pull the body off of the frame? I would rather brace it and not need it than the other way around, but you fellas have convinced me that I don't need to do it, thus saving me some time and materials. For that, I am grateful to each of you!!

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