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rusty duck 09-26-2012 06:11 PM

Floor Jack
Had a close call yesterday when my coupe slipped off my floor jack as I was lifting the front end. Nothing damaged as it caught on the power steering unit. The problem is that the crossmember from the Fatman MII unit does not quite fit into flange on the floor jack. the crossmember is a little too wide, so now I am looking for another jack with a flange that is wider than the crossmember. This jack is nearly 20 years old. Any suggestions as to a supplier for a new one? If I can't find one I will have a wider flange welded onto this jack.
Rusty Duck

Cape Cod Bob 09-26-2012 08:18 PM

I have a harbor frieght jack that goes down to 3". It has a 4" flange but still not wide enough for the Xmember. I sometimes use a soft piece of pine wood between the flange and the Xmember because there is more friction then steel on steel and if I am going way up I will slip some 2X6's undre both side of the jack as I go up just in case.
I once had the pumpkin slip off the flange because of carelessness and put a big dent on my gas tank. We all live and learn.:welcome:

rusty duck 09-26-2012 08:58 PM

Floor Jack
You are so right, Bob. We do live and learn. The flange on my jack is just barely too narrow and I thought there would be enough bite to hold, but it slipped, and fortunately it caught on the power steering. The jack goes low enough for now, but when I lower the coupe some more I'll have to drive it up on blocks to get it up so the jack will slip under. I think I will take the jack to my local welder friend and have a steel plate with ears and wide enough to span the crossmember welded on. I dodged a bullet this time, but I might not be so lucky next time.
Thanks for your info.
Rusty Duck

RatPin 09-26-2012 09:35 PM

I've got a crapsman aluminum low profile jack but I use some 4"x6"x1.5" rubber blocks that came with my Bendpak between my jack pad and the crossmember or whatever point I am lifting at. It keeps it pretty stable. Just look for some flat heavy duty rubber blocks. Grainger probably has them.

RatPin 09-26-2012 09:39 PM

Like these:

boatbob2 09-27-2012 09:54 AM

I welded another base to my jack base,its 5 inches wide,with 2 inch ears, nothing slips off anymore,,,BUT,USE JACK STANDS.

rusty duck 09-27-2012 11:40 AM

Floor Jack
Thanks for the feedback. The rubber pads make sense, but I still think I will have a plate with ears welded onto my jack just for a little more safety. I always use jack stands. A guy from our area was killed this past spring when his car slipped off of the jack he was using. No jack stands cost his life. Just a reminder to everyone. The little extra time to set them up could save your life.

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