While doing the body off restoration on my TR 250 I needed some way of rolling the body over and not dent my new rocker panels. Not having a lot of room in a two car garage and working alone most of the time, it needed to be easy to handle by one person. My brother gave me the idea and I put it into practice.
Use 4 pieces of 3/4-inch plywood (the cheap stuff), and cut to shape 1-foot by 4-foot (see diagrams for details). The long angle should all be the same – very important as the body will rest on these when on its side.
Attaching to the body of the TR4 through TR6 is easy. With all the wings removed use the rear wing bolt holes. For the front use the door hinge mounting plates and a 2X4, (you will need two and spacers between the wood and the mounting surface so as not to crush the body panel between the hinges). Using a jig saw, open a space for the rocker panel so that the wood does not touch the body. When attaching make sure that the front and rear boards are at the angle or the body will rock when on its side. I suggest using a safety support to steady the body when working on the side positions. Keep the body low in the boards as it is more stable and gives you a better working height when upside down.
I adapted the idea to a Spitfire and a MG Midget, using bumper mounting holes and a 2X6 across the back. Additional reinforcing was required due to the weight of the MG.
By Phil Law