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4/7/10 5:13pm - Original Message: 'Floor jack'
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Just bought a 73 and I want to do a lot of the suspension work myself. I am using a floor jack, any tips? Want to put on 4 stanchions or jacks.  What is the safest place to place jack to lift the rear?  The front was a no brainer but I am used to a solid axle in the rear.  I also have access to a garage with a lift but it is not real close to home.
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4/8/10 12:50am - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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I always put jack stands under the rear corners of the chassis - in front of the rear wheel wells...

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4/8/10 10:44am - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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I don't lift front, then rear.  I lift one side, then the other.  I put the stands just in front of the rear wheels, and behind the front wheels where the frame levels out.  That puts the wheight close to where it normally is, and helps reduce flexing.

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4/8/10 12:59pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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4/8/10 2:26pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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As said above; you have to use jack stands; not just the jack.

And before you lift; open the doors, the t-tops and the hood.  For the doors; leave them in between; as if it wasn't closed properly.  This way, the will not swing open when you lift the car at an angle and the panels won't touch each other from the slight distortion created when lifting the car.  If you don't open them; you risk damaging (read cracking) some of the fiberglass panels and/or getting your doors out of their current alignment.


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4/8/10 8:21pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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Exactly what I was looking for, great info.  One of the guys at work pre warned me about doors but not T-Tops or hood.  Everything is out of line right now, doors sag hood is to the left.  I need to research door and alignment.  Thanks all.



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4/8/10 10:28pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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4/9/10 9:50pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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This lifting technique was outlined on the ZR-1NetRegistry site:  Use two floor jacks, one on either side, to lift the front first and set the jack stands in place.  Then move the jacks, lift the rear and set the jack stands in place.  The process goes quicker with a helper working the 2nd jack but can certainly be done alone.  Reverse the process to put the car back down on the ground.

I lift all three cars ("The Toy", "The Beast", & "BIGBRRD") front first using the front cross member, set the jack stands, then lift the rear using the differential and set the jack stands.  No problems to date using that method.

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4/10/10 12:05am - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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4/10/10 12:24pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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Like Larry, I have always used the side to side method. I guess I have been extremely lucky over the years because I have never removed the tops or opened the doors. My seams look fine. Prehaps this thread will clear up the process.  Thanks,
 
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4/10/10 7:21pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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[QUOTE=Norsky]

I lift all three cars ("The Toy", "The Beast", & "BIGBRRD") front first using the front cross member, set the jack stands, then lift the rear using the differential and set the jack stands.  No problems to date using that method.[/QUOTE]
 
I do the same..  only thing i would add is put a block of 2/6 of your floor jack so as not to dent up the front crosmember.
 
I have never gotten around to buying wheel dollys so when i need to move the car around the shop I just use floor jacks.


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4/13/10 8:46pm - Reply: 'Floor jack'
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Just used jacks and boat fenders for padds to tuck GTO away for periods of time but it had a solid axle in rear.  I just ordered a couple books on C3 from amazon also.  Thanks for the input.

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