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Projects Jack stands that will go under the tires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by junkyardjeff, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,424


    I need to get my 55 sunliner up in the air to go over it for the Florida trip,since its a convertible it does flex alot and since I do not need to take the tires off I would like to put something under all four tires so I can open and shut the doors easily. So are there any stands available that can be put under the tires so the car can sit on the suspension and yes I can put stands under the suspension but can get in the way while working under the car.
  2. Do you have a set of ramps? Or can you borrow a set from someone and buy a set for yourself if you don't already have a set? That way you can drive the car up on one set, then jack the other end up and place that end on the other set of ramps......Done!
  3. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,200


    Run it up on ramps in the front, jack stands under the axle in back. Don't skimp on quality of either.
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  5. .........Good idea, but I think he wants the car to sit on the tires.
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  6. You can even turn the ramps around on one end (the end you jack up) so they aren't in your way when under the car.
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  7. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,570


    gee, problem solved, well, ALRIGHT !!!!
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,445



    Forklift stands
    About $300 Canadian for the set
    I have an old set at home in my garage work great!
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  9. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    Be careful if you use ramps front and rear, point them in opposite directions so the car CAN'T roll off of them.
  10. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Don't know how high you need it but many moons ago us money poor teenagers used spare tires....made pulling tranny's/clutches etc. much easier.
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  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,156


    The do make some ramps that you can remove the ramp part to just have a stand under the tire.
    20 bucks or so worth of lumber would make some solid stands too. You could make them what ever height you wanted within reason. 2x4 under car stand2.jpg
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  12. .................I like that "within reason" part.:D
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  13. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,424


    I like this idea and looks like time to make some.
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  14. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,200


    The problem with stands under the tires is jacking the car high enough to make it worth while. It can take some finagling using standard garage fair floor jacks with a rise of 18-20 inches or so. Be careful. It's the reason I suggested the stands under the axle in back....;)
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  15. I'm with you.:)
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  16. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 1,961


    I kept four rims for this.
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  17. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,946


    I'm going to build some of these to go with my 2 post lift. No problem in jacking it up and gives a great way to work on the car with the suspension loaded. Exhaust system and suspension development come to mind.

    What length of boards do you recommend? Looks like about 16".
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  18. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,424


    I think I am going to look for four junk deep offset rims to use as stands for now until I can make some out of wood,if I can get it up 8 to 10 inches it will be enough for me to slide under it.
  19. ..................Man, you need to eat more pizza!:D;)
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    ,,,I made these boxes to use when I'm building a project, work great
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  21. I put the front on ramps, and the rear axle is supported by jackstands. Suspension is loaded that way, no flexing.
    High enough to R/R transmission. (From experience)
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  22. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,576

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    You could always build something like I did from 3/16” steel plate.
    12” high,they work really well.
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  23. ^^^^^Very nice work^^^
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  24. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,687


    Something is fishy if the frame flexes that much ! I worked at the FoMoCo frame plant for years. Convertible frames are more stout than sedans or hardtops.
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  25. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,679

    jimmy six

    Love the "correct V8" on the light bar....
    I use some 6x8x18" cut cribbing blocks I left my last job with.
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  26. Finn Jensen
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 633

    Finn Jensen

    These or similar would really come in handy for checking rear-end pinion angle -- to get the car level with all weight on the wheels.
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  27. flynstone
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,645


    my dad would curb one side, ramps the other.. then change
    the oil
  28. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,424


    It flexes enough that the doors will not open right if jacked up on one side so when on stands I try to keep it even,if a the tires do not have to come off I want to put something under each tire if possible.
  29. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,753

    from So Cal

    Not sure I'd do that with soft pine from the local Home Depot, I'd trust them more if made with hard wood. Some pallets are hardwood, might be a better source of material if you can find them.
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  30. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,059


    I think the way Mr48 Chevy design it, soft wood should be strong enough, BUT, for added strength a layer of 7/16 plywood could be installed under the top boards. This would give some insurance.
    That pallet wood is often very hard to work with and is sometimes dimensionaly challenged. Ask me how I know! Lol


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