05-13-2005, 06:54 AM
i need to work under my 78 elky.right now i have a pr. of 3 ton jack stands.is it cool to buy another pr. .and have 4- 3 ton stands holding up the car.or do most people use the six ton?gonna por 15 under car and change fuel line not gonna be banging around just need to be under safly.on my 3 ton stands do you guys trust these to raise stand as high as the ratchet allows"in other words will 4 - 3 ton stands be safe?
05-13-2005, 06:56 AM
Even with jack stands always a good idea to leave floor jack and put blocks under it also.
At least thats what i always do better safe then sorry.
05-13-2005, 07:12 AM
Yes. 4 Jack stand would work and probably be fine. I would watch how much jerking and pulling and shaking you do but you should be fine. I've pulled Transmissions with the Elky on 4 stands and I installed an Exhaust system with it up in 4 stands and a few other things.
I wouldn't suggest that you extend them to the top it makes things more unstable. Have someone check on you from time to time, just in case. :D
05-13-2005, 08:54 AM
What's the weight? 3400lbs?
You can figure it is roughly 700-900lbs per wheel. Depends on how you figure the front/rear weight ratio.
They are ample as long as you don't get it too high and cause instability.
Keep a jack under the portion you are working on.
In a separate note, email me a phone number so I can talk to you about the planned road trip in June.
Need to discuss if it makes sense to go with just 3 vehicles. Can't believe there isn't much interest.
05-13-2005, 09:41 AM
ElkyPete wrote: Have someone check on you from time to time, just in case.
Excellent idea. Might not be a bad idea to also have either a cell or portable house phone within reach.
Also, POR-15 is a nearly impossible to get off skin / hair after it dries. Make sure you wear some type of protective clothing and eye protection.
Just my 2 cents ...
I prefer to use the larger jack stands...more stability when the car is up higher off the ground.
05-28-2005, 01:09 AM
I used 4, 3 ton stands ( they stand about 18" tall at lowest setting) to lift my Elky jigh enough to do my T5 swap and body mounts. I did a bunch of jerking, banging, bouncing, and pulling, It was extremly stable the whole 4 months it was off the ground!
06-07-2005, 05:16 AM
I always test the stability while the jack is still under the frame but backed off just a bit. I try to rock it side to side and front to back. If it wobbles, fix it! I had a brother-in-law get pinned and it was a good thing the jack was still under the car and that he had tightened the handle as it was his mother who saved his life. She had never used a jack before.
my boys decided to do the brakes on a little Chevy in the side yard instead of moving a car out of the garage...it fell over sideways when the jack-stand went down into the ground...had to dig a hole under the car to put a jack under it to lift it back up....LOL...nobody went under the car but it was still scary!!!
09-18-2005, 06:07 PM
A couple years ago I was working under my diablo , replacing some of the exhaust & as I was finishing up, lowering one side of the car down of the stand, the drivers side rear jack stand went right through the frame. I now suggest using a wide jack stand & check your frame for rust damage. I could have just as well been under the car still working.