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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Ford Discussion / car jacks

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02-15-2020 @ 4:05 PM
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Hi fellow members, Looking for recommendations for the best type and brand of portable car jack and best place on frame to lift the car to change tire.

02-15-2020 @ 4:10 PM
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We need to know what car you want to jack. Are you talking in a garage with a concrete floor, or out on a road trip?

02-15-2020 @ 4:46 PM
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On my '38 car, I carry a scissor jack and a 12" piece of 2x8 lumber to place on the ground under the jack if the ground is soft, or if I need the extra height. I place the jack as near the wheel as possible to get on a flat place in the frame. There are many kinds of jacks from a variety of vehicles available for cheap in a salvage yard. I welded an angle iron top on mine to mate to the frame, but they can be used under the axle, too. The jack and handle is small enough to carry in the tool tray in the trunk.

02-15-2020 @ 4:50 PM
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I was thinking on a road trip, that's why I mentioned portable. Thanks for your help. Jim

02-15-2020 @ 4:51 PM
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Sorry, didn't fully answer you question. It's a 1936 Ford 4-door convertible.

02-15-2020 @ 5:17 PM
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I just got a 4 door conv, sedan . do you know whare to buy a new top/ thanks I am in westchester N.Y George V.

02-16-2020 @ 8:12 AM
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you can try KEN'S CLASSICS 207 487 3622 Pittsfield Maine
he will make you a TOP and install it,
www.L-29cord.com web site,
hope this helps, 1937RAGTOPMAN

02-16-2020 @ 8:29 AM
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Jim. To follow up on my first reply, I have a stock'46 Coupe, and I don't jack on the frame at all, I only a jack on the axles. In the garage I use a hydraulic floor jack, the type with casters and a handle that allows positioning of the lift arm under the end of the axle, then cycle the handle to lift. For the road, I have a hydraulic bottle jack the stores nicely in a plastic case, that I would place under the axle close to the backing plate and jack from there. I also have a ground sheet so I don't get too dirty crawling under the car. One benefit from jacking on the axle versus the frame, is that you only have a short lift (6-8") under the axle, as opposed to a foot or more when jacking on the frame because of spring travel. Also, depending on the jacking point, some car frames won't take the point loading of a jack and will bend. Just my opinion.

1931 Flamingo
02-16-2020 @ 9:01 AM
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Paul in CT

02-17-2020 @ 3:22 AM
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I would agree that the best place to put a jack under our cars is the axle. Short lift, no worries about the frame. I think a scissors jack would be more stable than a bottle jack and be easier to slip under the axle if it is down near the ground..

I would worry about AAA. They are used to rescuing modern vehicles with defined lift points on the frame. Will they want to take the time and have the expertise to lift and antique vehicle?

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