My engine crane won't fit under my frame rails? Any tips? - Page 2 - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Garage - Tools
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 07-05-2009, 11:04 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Amarillo
Posts: 75
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'll quit doing it then. Jackstands it is.

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 07-05-2009, 11:52 PM
Member
 
Last wiki edit: Ford axle ratio codes
Last journal entry: Rear Suspension
Last photo:
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Prattsville
Posts: 6,415
Wiki Edits: 31

Thanks: 2
Thanked 61 Times in 57 Posts
I have used cinder blocks to raise the height of a jackstand.. of course, just working on front drum brakes, never being under the car with it... thing to remember is, a set of stands used improperly can be just as bad, or worse than blocks.. all it takes is 1 of them to shift the slightest bit and they can all come down on you.. they can also sink in unsturdy ground or tilt in unsturdy ground and give way.. really the best way would be 4 sturdy drive on ramps if the car has to be sitting on the tires
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 12:30 AM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,224
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,396
Thanked 651 Times in 475 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by matt167
I have used cinder blocks to raise the height of a jackstand.. of course, just working on front drum brakes, never being under the car with it... thing to remember is, a set of stands used improperly can be just as bad, or worse than blocks.. all it takes is 1 of them to shift the slightest bit and they can all come down on you.. they can also sink in unsturdy ground or tilt in unsturdy ground and give way.. really the best way would be 4 sturdy drive on ramps if the car has to be sitting on the tires

That's why I use 6 ton jack stands..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 11:32 AM
Member
 
Last wiki edit: Ford axle ratio codes
Last journal entry: Rear Suspension
Last photo:
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Prattsville
Posts: 6,415
Wiki Edits: 31

Thanks: 2
Thanked 61 Times in 57 Posts
I have 4 ton stands, and I use squares of 1'x1' 3/4" plywood under them... also shove tires/ rims under the vehicle with me.. if they do kick out, the tire/ rim will save me... had 1 car fall on me, got lucky and didn't get hurt, but once is enough.. now I also use my 3 ton jack under the vehicles, jacked up to just below the stand height.. it might get a little cluttered under there with so much stuff, but at least it won't come down on me
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #20 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 12:03 PM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,224
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,396
Thanked 651 Times in 475 Posts
That's why I bought the 6 ton jack stands.I don't have to put nothing under them..But my cement slab..Don't have to worry.That was money well spent.Plus I can put that car in the air.They have a very wide base on them..They make a big difference when using them... I feel very safe under the cars I do now. Guy's ..don't play around, buy a good set of 6 tons.You won't be sorry you did..

Last edited by NEW INTERIORS; 07-06-2009 at 12:25 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 08:56 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kemah TX
Posts: 425
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
Sorry.. I have to agree with Jetnow1 ..CINDER BLOCKS should ''NEVER'' be used when working on a car.. The thing about Cinder Blocks ''THEY WILL NEVER LET YOU KNOW WHEN THEY WILL BREAK'' And today's blocks are no where's built the way they use to be built.So please don't encourage no one to do that..It may have worked for you 99 times.But sooner or later it will get you..I have seen some break with less weight then a frame.Don't do it..

Just drop one on a corner and watch it come apart.

There was a HS student last year near here that had a truck on concrete blocks the block broke and his head was under the front susp. He lived but was in a coma for about 30 days and has not been the same since.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 09:51 PM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,224
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,396
Thanked 651 Times in 475 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike H
Just drop one on a corner and watch it come apart.

There was a HS student last year near here that had a truck on concrete blocks the block broke and his head was under the front susp. He lived but was in a coma for about 30 days and has not been the same since.

I know what you mean Mike...That's why I posted ''Not'' to use them Under a car..They do not sell Cinder block's at a auto store or a tool house..There's a reason they don't..

I hope this may stop someone from getting hurt like this poor boy did...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 10:02 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kemah TX
Posts: 425
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The first thing I was asked was if that was one of my students and I told them He!! no my guys know better.

I am glad to see you got some paint on that frame it may keep the back from breaking off I had to say it, Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 10:06 PM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,224
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,396
Thanked 651 Times in 475 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike H
The first thing I was asked was if that was one of my students and I told them He!! no my guys know better.

I am glad to see you got some paint on that frame it may keep the back from breaking off I had to say it, Mike

LOL... Thanks.. I made sure to put it on heavy over the weld's on the back end..LOL
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 10:12 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kemah TX
Posts: 425
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I knew you would figure out how to fix it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #26 (permalink)  
Old 07-06-2009, 10:13 PM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,224
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,396
Thanked 651 Times in 475 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike H
I knew you would figure out how to fix it.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #27 (permalink)  
Old 07-16-2009, 10:17 AM
SinistrV6's Avatar
valve monkey
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Age: 48
Posts: 140
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just an update for anyone who might find this thread later. I only needed about 4" of additional clearance for the crane to fit under the lower chassis. So I took some scrap treated 4X4's and added a short length of 2X4 on top of them which gave me 5" of total rise. I put these under each tire and added a couple of wooden stops to the rear ones (so the chassis can't roll). It serves the purpose even though it's not terribly impressive looking.

I really liked the idea about using the same size material that you use for the risers to slide under the car's low points to check clearance. I wanted something that was as wide as the chassis that I could slide under easily and check clearances. I was out of 4X4's (and they're heavy and hard to move around) but I did have some 3/4" PVC and fittings! I took a piece about 4' long, put 90s on each end added about 2" of pipe to the 90s and then put a "T" on the end of that for a base. Once I adjusted the short "legs" to the correct height, I marked their location, took 'em apart and glued 'em back together so they won't move.

Cheap, lightweight, effective.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #28 (permalink)  
Old 07-20-2009, 04:31 PM
PapaG's Avatar
Ask me, Cause I don't know
 

Last journal entry: Need things to do.
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Republic of Texas
Age: 61
Posts: 241
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 31
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
They make cinder blocks and concrete blocks that look basically the same. Concrete blocks weigh a whole lot more and are a lot stronger. You could use solid concrete blocks. These are what they support houses with.

2x6, 2x8, boxes should work. Only use those to get your you truck higher. I have seen wooden car ramps people have made. I have some ramps made out of some composite that I bought somewhere.

Harbor Freight would be a cheap source for some jack stands.
Landscape timbers are cheap too.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Garage - Tools posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tips for shop layouts and tool purchases. schnitz Garage - Tools 9 10-19-2010 12:19 AM
1985 C-6 truck tranny, no engine braking effect fast68 Transmission - Rearend 40 02-04-2008 06:55 PM
Replacing camaro rear frame rails 72camaro Body - Exterior 6 05-28-2003 05:54 PM
Best Bedliner ... Frame Rails ... Toneau Cover? horvath Body - Exterior 5 04-20-2003 07:50 AM
Windshield Frame doesn't fit - help 30 sportcoupe Body - Exterior 4 01-05-2003 03:41 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.