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Old 03-09-2006, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by babymog

If you use the pipe method, be sure you're using an adequate piece of pipe. If you're not sure, don't do it. Also, keep the jackstands right next to the car, not out on the pipe. I wouldn't suggest this method unless you really know what you're doing.

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Thanks for that point about putting the jackstands close to the car, otherwise you risk twisting the jack point right off of the car. I really like this method as it is very stable, especially with the rod centered in the vally of the jackstand. This is also nice, because you can jack the car up with a piece of wood between the jack and the car, and still have a place to put the jackstand.
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Old 03-09-2006, 11:17 PM
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I found some 8" (6" would be long enough) long 3/4 " dia grade 8 bolts, with threads only a short way up the bolts that fit the jack holes just right. May be ok for supporting on jack stands, but not good for jacking with a trolly jack. This is because the the angle of the jacking hole is downward. Don't go with less than grade 8 and stay clear from pipes that could bend. It never hurts to put additional jack stands under the car, even if they are under more vulnerable spots as a secondary safety net. I'd rather damage the car than myself if something went wrong.
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:40 AM
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I'm surprised no one has noticed this....

Originally Posted by boneheaddoctor
One thing should should never, ever use is cinder blocks. They can shatter for no reason while working under the car.

I never thought twice about doing that till 2 years ago....when not just one but two shattered one right after the other. While I was under the car. Luckily I had stacked wood as a backup which saved me....when working on a friends Ferrari. I went home and got rid of the cinder blocks I had used for that. Did it for 30 years...won't ever do it again.
Working on a Ferrari with Cinder blocks as support ? Am I the only one who finds this a bit odd ? (not bad, hey, we do what we have to do, but odd, more to this story ?)

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Old 03-10-2006, 08:40 AM
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Working on a Ferrari with Cinder blocks as support ? Am I the only one who finds this a bit odd ? (not bad, hey, we do what we have to do, but odd, more to this story ?)

I had my stands under another car I was working on at my place...the ferrari was in its owners garage. And he begged me every day for 3 weeks to come fix it for him so he can drive it.....I'm serious he came to my house every day.....he had 26 year old timing belts on it and all 4 carbs were leaking fuel like a sieve.....and he was too cheap to have the Ferrari dealer do it...THe guy also ownes a Lambourghini Coutach that has disentigrated CV boots in dire need of Fuel system repairs. He's too cheap to have a pro fix that too.
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