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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Blades, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,088


  2. Novadude55
    Joined: Nov 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,352

    from CA

    Thank the good Lord, thats 'grace' for ya,
    you shoulda been dead,
    Lucky man
  3. Steve
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,010


    2 jackstands and the the jack still there as insurance for me. and a good shove to make sure things are stable before I climb under. You got lucky. Jackstands are not a second line of defense. You should have that car off the jack and on jackstands before getting under the car
  4. Why oh why can this many car enthusiasts be completely oblivious to basic safety. Every week there's one of these threads. How in the hell can this be so common? Seems like it would be common sense, perhaps common sense isn't as common as it used to be.
    Maybe its just the way I was raised that its just second nature to me
    Any one who thinks jackstands are a second defense must think the Jack is the first.
    Uhhh, how did that thinking work for you?
  5. cool37
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,871

    from SoCal got a second better invest in those stands!
  6. cheveey57
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 676


    Don't feel dumb feel very lucky & play Lotto tonight.
    In all seriousness familiarity breeds contempt & sometimes being overly cautious is a good thing.
  7. poofus1929
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 897

    from So Cal

    I always chock the tires, use jackstands and leave the floorjack under the crossmember with a little pressure on it and I still feel sketchy sometimes under the car. I have heard too many horror stories.
  8. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,057

    from California

    hard to believe there are people who get under a car without jack stands. I would be guessing that one of the first things I bought myself after getting my first car was a set of jackstands. I was a kid, with no one guiding me. just seemed like a good idea.

    as stated already... common sense ain't as common as it once was.

    I like these. got 4 just like them, and 4 others of equal quality but different. my original pair was not this nice... they went bye-bye at a swap meet 20 years ago

  9. If I was stupid enuf to have this happen to me, I probly wouldn't have posted it here,...but then again, I'm glad you did; it just may save someone from a worse fate.
  10. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,042


    I do the same thing. I use jack stands, the hydo jack and a spare tire (or two stacked up)
    I met a guy in Antioch, Ca years ago that i had purchased a front end of an El Camino off of. He had a car fall on him and he was pinned under for a few hours before someone got out him out of there. He did not have the whole car on him. he had something the car was resting on that was just a little smaller than him so it did not flatten him...but just squeezed him engouh to mess him up pretty good.
  11. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    One lucky mofo. That's all I got to say.
  12. Blades
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,188

    from Chicago

    Whoa! No need to call me stupid. My dad used to call me that before he fucked me up, I don't like it!!!! I made a mistake due to lack of good equipment. I admitted my guilt. Sheesh.
  13. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,314


    I was always stupid, and all the put downs. my old man used it to control me, so i wouldn't leave. worked me like a slave. i should have left years earlyer. I'm glad your alright;)
  14. fearnoevo
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 218

    from Iowa

    Yup, I do it a bit different though. I make sure the wheel and tire are laying close to me. At least that way I know I am only going to get crushed to the thickness of the wheel.

    I don't trust jackstands much either.
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 36


    I always put the car on stands and give it a good shake , to make sure it's sound then go to work. Your a lucky man , glad your ok
  16. Had a buddy just a few weeks back that used jack stands but did not block wheels or use park brake on a slanted drive. Of all things he was working on was his trans link. Well he shifted it out of park and there she went. The jackstand laying on its side gave him just the room he needed to come out of it alive.
  17. superchargedill
    Joined: Apr 5, 2010
    Posts: 226


    I had a buddy in high school that had his 69 camaro up using a log as the jackstand. The car shifted, the log rolled and the chassis came down on his forehead, crushing his forehead and trapping him with all of the cars weight on his head. You ever hear those stories about super human strength where adrenaline takes over? He bench pressed the car up and rolled out from underneath. He ended up having reconstructive surgery.
    NHRA Rules state that anytime you are under your car using a jack in the pits, that it must also be supported by jackstands. One of the best rules in their book.

    You are one lucky Dude!
  18. blackrat40
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,167


    It's only natural selection taking place.
    BTW, I had a set of those "6 Ton" orange Harbor Fright stands.
    While moving them from under the car with it jacked up, I
    accidentally banged the curved release handle of one stand
    with the other stand, not hard either...the handle broke off
    clean up at the second radius! Chinese built again!!
    I showed it to a geezer that I know and he said ..."Yeah...
    probably made from a fuckin' melted down duece and a half !"
    (what the WWII guys called a 2-1/2 ton army truck).
  19. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


    Wow, close one. I had a friend injured when his jack let go. The rear end took a slice out of his ear but he's alive. I had an Uncle that owned a garage. He was working on a truck that was on the rack. The rack lost pressure and when it came down, it doubled him over. He other words, his head was touching his thighs. He was like that for hours because he was alone. He had a heart attack before he was freed. He had to retire after that.
  20. The car dosen't have to fall off for you to get pinned. When I was young and dumb I was changing the starter on my camaro with only a cheap 2 ton floor jack. Well by the time I was finishe it had crept down enough to have me trapped. Took me about half an hour to pump up the jack with my foot. Oh ya chalk your wheels too.
  21. 41fred207
    Joined: Feb 7, 2011
    Posts: 103


    checking out a leaking trans on a friends rig when it rolled off a set of ramps. mushed the wheel chock into the mud and whacked the rear ouarter of my truck. luckily i was inline with car or it would have run over my legs. k-member missed my face by a fraction! we were both shaken up pretty good. i double then triple check before sliding under now!
  22. DMC
    Joined: Sep 23, 2007
    Posts: 190

    from SC

    Glad you are ok. It always makes me nervous when I get under a car. I bought some of the 6 ton jackstands from CarQuest but they stick out to far when trying to roll under the car. Has anyone used, made, bought any of the stands that the wheels sit in as a safety backup?

    Hot Rod Garage offers these. They are a HAMB Alliance Vendor too. I think I'll buy a set for back up. Please be safe!

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    Last edited: Apr 12, 2011
  23. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466


    And don't forget that jackstands are made to have a solid surface under them, like a concrete floor. They will either sink or tip over if used on dirt or gravel.
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    JACK STANDS man, and not those cheep pieces of shit sold out there like from Harbor freight.It is your life at risk here. Always buy good quality jack stands and floor jacks.
  25. 42 chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2006
    Posts: 623

    42 chevy

    I am glad you are OK. I had a lowered '53 Ford truck fall on me, it pinned me under it hard. I had it on stands but bumped the shifter and it ran over the wheel chocks. I have never been so scared, it took a horizontally challenged (fat) neighbour lady standing on the other running board to scrape out from under it. Bruised my chest real bad. I am much more careful now and always slightly nervous under a car. Glad you are OK.
  26. Long Roof Larry
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 163

    Long Roof Larry

    The VERY first thing I was taught by my father and that I taught my son when working on cars is when working under them ALWAYS use jack stands AND keep the jack on the frame of the car so at the very least you have two points of support and if possible three or four.
    Also please remember to always chock the wheels so there is now way for it to roll if you have a wheel/wheels still on the ground.

    Even if it is the cheap jack stands at HF are only $30, your life is NEVER worth what you save in doing a repair to a vehicle.
  27. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,075

    Lone Star Mopar

    Or use the jackstands and put the jack under there with a few pumps also..same deal redundancy never hurts.

    edit: I guess its already been said but you get the idea, glad were not reading another "smoeone died" post!
  28. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,658

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    I had to check the date on the original post, I didn't think anyone would ever get under a car without jackstands these days. Doesn't sound like anyone learns anything from other peoples fatal accidents.:(
  29. cowboy1
    Joined: Feb 14, 2008
    Posts: 914

    from Austin TX

    I always use jack stands and if i take a tires off, I throw them under there as well. I'm a parrinoid SOB.
  30. cowboy1
    Joined: Feb 14, 2008
    Posts: 914

    from Austin TX

    I think we need a listing of some good ole american made jackstands. I haven't been able to find any.

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