Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 12, 2014
Photos By: Rusty Gillis

1. The Auto Twirler Mustang Body Cart available from Summit Racing Equipment retails for $399.97 and is shipped in bare metal. These body carts are made in the USA and their heavy-duty, large-diameter casters make it very easy to move your project around or transport it, say to a sandblaster or body shop. Be sure to double check that you have received all of the components when it is delivered. It’s heavy steel shipped in a cardboard box and shipping can put the packaging, and the handling of it, to the test.

2. Like any project, we like to know how things go together before giving it it’s final finish, so we assembled the cart using the supplied hardware.

3. Mounting the wheels first can be awkward, but it seemed to be easier than lifting the assembled cart to install them afterwards. Two of the cart’s four wheels have been fitted with mechanical brakes to keep your project where you intended to leave it.

4. The front uprights are adjustable and bolt to the lower control arm mounting points. If you already have an aftermarket Mustang II-style suspension, you may need to modify these uprights to work, or perhaps look into Auto Twirler’s Elite series of carts that are more universal in nature and offer numerous mounting options.

5. The cart can be assembled in just a few minutes, which is good, because your restoration project will likely require far more of your time. Time to break it down and head for the paint booth, but not before we give it a little prep talk.

6. Body carts or rotisseries will get beat up. You’ll drop tools on it, splatter welding slag and likely more on it, so there’s really no need to put a lot of time and money into finishing it. That said, you might want to remove any burrs, nicks or welding slag just to give it a somewhat smooth finish. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. A wire brush will get into the corners and weld beads.

7. A red scuff pad or one on a right-angle air tool will make quick work of the rest of the piece. Sandpaper can be used to ensure a more uniform finish, but we didn’t want to put that much effort into it. Be sure to wipe the parts down with a prep solvent before you start to prevent contaminating your sanding equipment.

8. The main idea behind ordering a bare-metal body cart was that we had something that needed to be painted, and it would be a good introduction into the process. Automotive painting requires a bit more equipment than going down to your local auto parts store and grabbing a few cans off the shelf, so we called up Summit Racing Equipment to get us started. Everything you see here tallied up to just a mere $330 or so.

9. After taking a look at the paint gun instructions, you’ll need to adjust the trigger out of the box. Just turn the nut until the trigger begins to stick and then back it off a turn or two until it no longer sticks. As a point of reference, the top blue knob at the back controls your fan spray pattern, and the one below that controls the fluid quantity.

10. Unscrew the tip of the gun and use the included tool to check that the tip is tight and secure. The outer tip on this gun has a square marked on the front of it to denote where the top is.