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Old August 29th, 2015, 05:58 PM
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Hey, my car doesn't have a tire jack, what do you recommend for a 71 cutlass?

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Old August 29th, 2015, 06:18 PM
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I won't use a bumper jack, I carry a small hyd. floor jack in the trunk.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 06:24 PM
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i won't use a bumper jack, i carry a small hyd. Floor jack in the trunk.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 06:34 PM
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Good question. I'd like to know the answer as well.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 06:37 PM
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Well, we have an answer. I was thinking I might get a small one. 2 ton?
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Old August 29th, 2015, 06:43 PM
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I carry a cheap 2 ton.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 07:41 PM
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I carry a cheap 1 1/2 ton. You can get some with nice carry case which makes it handy for storage in the trunk.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 07:45 PM
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I just carry a small bottle jack. The bumper jack is just for looks.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 11:56 PM
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I carry a scissor jack from Sears.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 03:06 AM
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Like redoldsman said. My bumper jack is for looks only.

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Old August 30th, 2015, 07:36 AM
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I use a Camero, Firebird the little BUMP fits into a hole in the front and rear of the frame rail, almost like it was designed for it. I have at least 2 extras if anyone is interested.

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[QUOTE=toymobile;852841]I use a Camero, Firebird the little BUMP fits into a hole in the front and rear of the frame rail, almost like it was designed for it. I have at least 2 extras if anyone is interested.

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What years of Camaro/Firebird?
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Old August 30th, 2015, 07:53 AM
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PM sent Johnny.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:26 AM
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[QUOTE=RROLDSX;852848]
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I use a Camero, Firebird the little BUMP fits into a hole in the front and rear of the frame rail, almost like it was designed for it. I have at least 2 extras if anyone is interested.

Johnny[/QUOTE


What years of Camaro/Firebird?
1982 to??

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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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I had one like this from an 86 S-15 that worked well.
Pay-pal sent Johnny. Thanks again, Adam.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by toymobile View Post
I use a Camero, Firebird the little BUMP fits into a hole in the front and rear of the frame rail, almost like it was designed for it. I have at least 2 extras if anyone is interested.

Johnny
These also look like the 81-88 G-body jacks, which would work great also.

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I carry a scissor jack from Sears.
I carry a small scissor jack also. Takes little room and no chance on me really needing it and not work (The seals can leak in a hydraulic jack at any time but usually only when you need it most.)
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Old August 30th, 2015, 09:21 PM
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I neglected to say that I started carrying the scissor jack after I had a flat front tire and the bottle jack I was carrying at the time wouldn't fit under the control arm. I tried under the frame and at max lift the tire was still not off the ground. I was on the side of a 2 lane highway in BFE and had to walk 1/4 mile down the road until I found a cement block, then had to carry that block 1/4 mile back to the car. I was able to jack up the frame, insert the block in its place, then finally I could fit the bottle jack under the control arm and lift it enough to remove the flat tire. That was the LONGEST tire change I ever experienced, and it prompted me to get a jack that would actually fit under the car when the tire was completely deflated and had sufficient lift travel to lift the tire off the ground.

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Old August 31st, 2015, 05:05 AM
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Hey Pete

I'm in mass too. I have a complete original type jack set up for your car. Like if your interested. As the other posts say tho for any real work there are better alternatives.
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Thanks for all the responses. I think for the size and cost a simple scissor jack may be best for me. Any recommendations on where to get one and what type?
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These are the kittys meow. Out of Ford F series trucks. Readily available at your local pick n pull bone yards. Compact and slides right under everything. Sure way to dimple your bumper is to use the factory jack.
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Originally Posted by Cutlass71s View Post
Thanks for all the responses. I think for the size and cost a simple scissor jack may be best for me. Any recommendations on where to get one and what type?
I bought my scissor jack at Walmart. It was right around $25.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by 72cutlassconv View Post
I bought my scissor jack at Walmart. It was right around $25.
The Ford unit is not Chineasium, the Wally Word unit is... guaranteed, as is everything else in Wall World even the Wallmartians...I wouldn't want to jack up a 4K lb car with chineasium junk....just sayin...
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The Ford unit is probably made in Mexico. Maybe that is better. I don't know. It probably is better than a WalMart jack since Ford supplied it but that doesn't mean the Wally World jack won't be ok.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:54 AM
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I carried two on the Great Race; one screw jack like the Ford unit above, and a compact scissor jack. It's a good thing too. One night, several days into the race, my son and I had to manually adjust the brakes on our '37 L-37. We had to lift both rear tires to do it properly. We ran the race without a support crew.
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Redoldsman have you tries to remove a rear tire on your 54 with a jack that lifts off the frame? On my 55 I tries that and found I needed to lift the suspension (with the bumper Jack) to get enough space to drop the tire to clear the wheel well. You might try it before you head out into the wild blue yonder...Tedd
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by droldsmorland View Post
The Ford unit is not Chineasium, the Wally Word unit is... guaranteed, as is everything else in Wall World even the Wallmartians...I wouldn't want to jack up a 4K lb car with chineasium junk....just sayin...
it's only for changing a flat tire, if need be. besides, it's only gonna be lifting one corner of the car.
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Dont want to start anything just a friendly spew point of view...Its the chineasaium thing I'm trying to get everyone to listen to. Yes even resto parts for our American Muscle. We need to stop buying the glut of chineasium junk the retail market is puking out on us everywhere. We can force the market if we stop buying it. Its inferior, cheap, not built to good engineering practices, doesnt last, and is packed with tons of non RoHS compliant materials(poisons) etc...All I'm saying is I want the choice to buy better quality stuff. If we keep on the path were going we wont have what little choice we have now and our kids will be fluent in chinese. Try to find a dam halogen or incandescent bulb that last more than a week. Buy it once a year or every friggin month...which is cheaper...I do my best to buy USA, Canada, mexico(3rd choice) if givin the choice.
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Originally Posted by Tedd Thompson View Post
Redoldsman have you tries to remove a rear tire on your 54 with a jack that lifts off the frame? On my 55 I tries that and found I needed to lift the suspension (with the bumper Jack) to get enough space to drop the tire to clear the wheel well. You might try it before you head out into the wild blue yonder...Tedd
Thanks Tedd:

I had not thought of that and am sure you are exactly correct. I am going to try putting some 4x4 wooden blocks under the bottle jack to see how high and can get the car with the jack under the frame. No way I want to use a bumper jack. As pointed out earlier, with the tire flat, everything is closer to the ground. The driveway is the place to figure this out and not on the side of the highway when it is hot with cars going by.
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I will agree that an OEM jack is likely way better than a new $25 scissor jack. I like the look of those F-series jacks.

I will say, the factory jack in my '98 Wrangler is pretty good.

It is very short so it can fit under a fairly low part of the vehicle, but can extend high enough to lift even a tall off-road tire off the ground.


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my preference would be the Russell... "Jack" Russell... sorry could not resist..

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The 80's cars and some of the late 70's as well had a jack made from similar stuff to a bumper jack but laid down and scissor jacked up into the frame holes where the body mounts are at the front and back of the outer frame areas just behind and in front of the back tires. This works well and is in many wrecking yards.
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You mean like the ones pictured in posts 11 and 20 above?
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Yes the one toymobile posted in his pics. Those work great store easily in the trunk and are durable. If you are in a wrecking yard look for those and there is also a few little wedges to block the car tires with as well
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Wow, they actually provided wheel chocks? I was unaware of that. Very good to know.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 07:44 AM
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Ok Jamesbo, you have the best of both worlds.
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I guess I'm the odd one out. My OEM Jack works just fine to lift or change a tire if I want to. It spends its time in the trunk unused however, ready for use and car shows. Around the garage I do use my 3 ton Michelin trolley quick throw because it's way faster and convenient. Oh, I did use the OEM Jack to pull some fence posts. Worked perfectly.
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just noticed this thread and my 2 cents is what is is wrong with a a factory bumper jack to change a flat...that is what i would use...its easy no bending down, safe and does not damage anything
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I gotta admit, I clicked on this thread thinking we were gonna be talking Tennessee Whiskey.
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