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56-210Sedan
03-20-2012, 07:49 PM
This may sound like a give me when working under a car, but there are many that have gotten away without BIG NO NO :x I lost a very good friend who knew that jack stands were to be used in this situation but instead it took one time to use just the jack and feel safe and he lost his life. So ask please when you put your ride up in the air use common sense and beware. JACK STANDS are a must, stay safe have fun :D

Run-em
03-28-2012, 06:37 PM
Good lookin 55 sedan. Are those seats recovered stockers or ? They look comfy.

56-210Sedan
03-28-2012, 08:02 PM
Good lookin 55 sedan. Are those seats recovered stockers or ? They look comfy.

Yes they are recovered stock seats with new foam installed as well, and yes they are comfortable. Thanks for the compliment :) I should mention the guy i bought the 55 from had them done but he is a real good friend of mine and i know the car just like he does :)

chevynut
03-28-2012, 10:51 PM
Marty, sorry to hear about your friend. I never rely on a jack. In fact, even jackstands sometimes make me nervous so often I put something else under the car just in case. I like to use jackstands with pins rather than the ratchet, but I have both. When using the ones with the ratchet ALWAYS insert the safety pins when you're under the car. It's too easy to bump the jackstand release lever.

56-210Sedan
03-29-2012, 06:15 PM
Marty, sorry to hear about your friend. I never rely on a jack. In fact, even jackstands sometimes make me nervous so often I put something else under the car just in case. I like to use jackstands with pins rather than the ratchet, but I have both. When using the ones with the ratchet ALWAYS insert the safety pins when you're under the car. It's too easy to bump the jackstand release lever.

Very good advice, Laszlo

hollywood
03-30-2012, 12:24 PM
After I raised the car up with the floor jack, I lowered the car on the jack stand. I leave the floor jack in place as a secondary safety device.

warren57
07-21-2012, 01:09 PM
When we were in high school we would slide under the car with a bumper jack, for major jobs we would jack it up and sit it on a cinder block (not concrete block, cinder) we were bullet proof. Thank goodness someone was looking out for us!
Maybe it's old age and fear of injury and death, but I use 4 jacks stands when under my lift and I'm still always looking around and keeping a clear exit path!!!!

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Rick_L
07-21-2012, 06:59 PM
A couple of things. When I was about 13, someone who worked for the company that my father worked for lost his life in a car falling off the jack incident. So my dad was transferred to another state to take that guy's job. Obviously that changed the course of my life but I have no idea whether for the better or worse. Probably for the better,as we moved to the south.

The other thing is concrete blocks. That's all I had for jack stands on my first hod rod, a 55 Chevy then too. I vividly remember crawling out from under that POS and watching a concrete block disintegrate just a few minutes later. With no extra forces on it other than maybe leaning on the car. It was a huge eye opener for me.

Jack stands are not to be skimped on. If you have to, use lumber. Just not concrete blocks.

On the other hand I see people saying they use a jack as a backup for stands. That doesn't make sense to me either, and it's often going to be in the way.

56-210Sedan
07-22-2012, 04:00 PM
A couple of things. When I was about 13, someone who worked for the company that my father worked for lost his life in a car falling off the jack incident. So my dad was transferred to another state to take that guy's job. Obviously that changed the course of my life but I have no idea whether for the better or worse. Probably for the better,as we moved to the south.

The other thing is concrete blocks. That's all I had for jack stands on my first hod rod, a 55 Chevy then too. I vividly remember crawling out from under that POS and watching a concrete block disintegrate just a few minutes later. With no extra forces on it other than maybe leaning on the car. It was a huge eye opener for me.

Jack stands are not to be skimped on. If you have to, use lumber. Just not concrete blocks.

On the other hand I see people saying they use a jack as a backup for stands. That doesn't make sense to me either, and it's often going to be in the way.

Rick you have hit some real key items in your post, and the the one with lumber being a addition is a great one, Thank You. I also agree the on cinder block use, not meant for car use.

Run-em
07-24-2012, 12:42 AM
Cut up some 4 X 4's and make a 12 X 12's or 16 X 16's for the more rotund guys like myself. Drill & bolt those together, using glue, and metal band them. Don"t want them splitting at an inopportune time. Add some rope pull handles for ease in using.