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Old 07-19-2018, 03:04 PM
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Chevy Apache on 2 post lift

I bought a 56 Apache and am excited to get it home and begin working on it! I have a 2 post lift but haven't lifted older vehicles. Do you place the lift arms directly on the frame? Do you place the arms/pads in similar position as newer cars, directly behind the front wheels and before the rear wheels?

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Old 07-19-2018, 03:21 PM
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On the frame, definitely. The body will not support the weight.

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Pay attention to the weight distribution. Most older trucks are front heavy so moving the vehicle back on the hoist 8" to a foot from centered generally keeps them from being tippy.
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I'm not sure exactly how the frame is on that truck in particular, but on most trucks if it's an asymmetric lift which is what I use, I drive the truck in so the dash to steering wheel is in line with the posts, the front arms are at a 90 degree angle and touch the frame where it flattens out just behind the firewall/ front cab mount area. The rear arms get extended and go as far back on frame as possible or if the wheelbase is short enough on the front leaf spring hangers for the rear axle. NOT the springs themselves.

If you're doing heavy work like pulling a transmission or suspension work with lots of prying and hammering you may want to put some tall jackstand under the rear bumper to keep the sway down.

If you have to pull a rear axle for any reason put a jackstand under the front bumper because the rear will get so light it may flip forward.

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Welcome!

I thought for sure the GM Heritage Center Data would have had lift points specified for your '56.. but browsing through it I didn't see anything showing the actual lift points.

It does show vehicle weights and load distribution for each model. That data is useful in answering your question.

Here's a link, you may find some other interesting information there also: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/doc...olet-Truck.pdf

I've found that it becomes pretty obvious when locating lift points. You want the arms on the frame, as far forward and as far backwards, as possible. But they need to be on a flat level part of the frame. And frame engaging style lift arm adapters are preferred also.

Data below is for the Model 3604... again, not sure if that is the specific model you have? Good luck and post some photo's up here of your truck!
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probably is lake roadster as apache's didn't start until 58. frames are super flat, just use some common sense and you'l be fine
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you may need truck adapters/risers if you dont already have them.
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Welcome!

I thought for sure the GM Heritage Center Data would have had lift points specified for your '56.. but browsing through it I didn't see anything showing the actual lift points.

It does show vehicle weights and load distribution for each model. That data is useful in answering your question.

Here's a link, you may find some other interesting information there also: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/doc...olet-Truck.pdf

I've found that it becomes pretty obvious when locating lift points. You want the arms on the frame, as far forward and as far backwards, as possible. But they need to be on a flat level part of the frame. And frame engaging style lift arm adapters are preferred also.

Data below is for the Model 3604... again, not sure if that is the specific model you have? Good luck and post some photo's up here of your truck!
I wouldn't doubt it if they dropped that info because of legal reasons. The way things are written now a days is just crazy because of the law suits over stuff like this.

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