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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Rotisserie question?

    For anyone who has built one, can you please estimate where the center of gravity is on a bare '67 Sprite tub? The only things still attached are the doors and boot lid and I can remove them too. In fact that would save a little weight.
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    Re: Rotisserie question?

    Haven't built one (yet) but as I understand it, it's supposed to be right around the center of the trans tunnel arch. Keep in mind also that stripped down there isn't a lot of weight so the CG isn't terribly critical. I thing this may be one of those situations where close enough is good enough. The pictures I have looked at vary a little up or down and nobody seems to have a problem one way or the other. Also, as you add things back on it will change minimally. Just my 2 cents worth.

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    Re: Rotisserie question?

    If your seeking centerline of rotation for building your rotisserie? Here's a photo of mine which I aimed for the center of deferential.
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    Re: Rotisserie question?

    From memory, Top of the transmission tunnel seems about right. The shell is only about 350 lbs so, exact centering is not crucial.
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    Re: Rotisserie question?

    Thank you gentlemen. That's about where we were estimating. Hope to get it done today and post pics. Also comforting to hear it isn't too critical.
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    Re: Rotisserie question?

    Whilst not critical is far easier to rotate with just one person if you get it right. I did mine and it needed two people to control rolling it over and also a chain to secure in position. That said I was a fair way off as I used the rear spring mounts for attachment.

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