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12/15/13 1:25pm - Original Message: 'Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
Hawkshaw44
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foster, RI - USA

Vette(s):
1982 crossfire coupe, white, fuel injected 1974 LS4 454cc, Convertible, 3 Speed Automatic w/AC, Medium Red, Silver Interior, White Top, Black Hardtop, matching numbers.

Joined: 12/15/2013
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This is my second C3 and unlike my first, 1982, I cannot have a slow learning curve. I have no lift or pit. Please help me with a safe way to under this baby. I have 2 floor jacks and 4 stands. Thanks in advance.

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12/15/13 2:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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Temple City, CA - USA

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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

Joined: 10/3/2010
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Me too. for my 1969.  By the way, I have ramps too, from O'brien auto parts.  Will those stay in place while I drive the car up?

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12/15/13 10:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
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"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops

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I lift the Vettes and the T/A using the front cross member and the rear differential.  The front is the first to go up and the last to come down.  I don't have a low profile floor jack so driving up on a short piece of 2x6 laid flat under each corner gives me enough clearance.  For a short term project I'll place the jack stands under the frame just behind the front wheels and just ahead of the rear wheels.  For longer projects I'll try to get the jacks under the suspension.
 
I've never had a pair of ramps that will stay put when driving up on them.  I use a 2x2 cut to length to brace the ramp against the front wall of the garage.


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12/17/13 9:38am - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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foster, RI - USA

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1982 crossfire coupe, white, fuel injected 1974 LS4 454cc, Convertible, 3 Speed Automatic w/AC, Medium Red, Silver Interior, White Top, Black Hardtop, matching numbers.

Joined: 12/15/2013
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Thanks guys. Safety first. I am the epitome of a backyard mechanic.

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5/29/14 6:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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Temple City, CA - USA

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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

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I answered my own question about the ramps moving today.  They moved about 6 feet before my son held one in place with a crowbar.   Car sat leaning to the left but it was perfect for working on the starter shims.  And, it seems much safer than jack stands, at least once you get it up there.

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5/30/14 2:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

Joined: 12/3/2001
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My wife bought me a set of those "Race Ramps" for Xmas. High density foam, lightweight and very durable, nice and long for low profile cars. I had the front of my '81 on them for 11 months. They never deformed. A little pricey, but well worth the money IMO.



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5/30/14 3:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Floor jack and jack stand positions on 1974 or ramps?'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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I have a set of Race Ramps, too.  I use them for my '80 and '64.  I have never had them slip when driving on them.  I agree about being pricey but I think they are worth the money.

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