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Jacking points for one side of Midget

bigjones

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Hi folks,

Next job is replacing the soaked rear brake shoes and rear hub oil seal, etc.

One tip I heard about was to jack up the side of the car you are working on and that way when you pull out the half shaft all the oil stays in the other half of the axle case.

So, where to put the trolley jack and where to put the jack stand(s)?

I was thinking of the trolley jack under the rear jacking point( where that rubber plug is), under the flange, and then a jack stand under the leaf spring bracket.

Cheers,
Adrian
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I'd just jack under the pumpkin and put the jack stand under the axle.
 
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Trevor,

Thanks for the reply.

I think I tried it that way once but then I couldn't remove the wheel! Maybe on a round wheel arch it would work?

Cheers,
Adrian
 
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Hmmm... I hadn't thought of the issue presented by a SWA.
 

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You don't want the trolley jack under the jacking point - the pipe in the jacking point will take the weight - the floor will not - D DPO.

Jack it up on the pumpkin. Take the jackstands and put them under the lip of the body just ahead of the wheel well. Use a piece of 2X4 to protect the body. I actually did it two nights ago and ran a piece of wood the entire width of the car which reassures me somehow.

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then you can angle it side to side.
 
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JP,

Thanks for the post. You saved the Midget from getting a big crumple. Thanks also for the clarification - the bit about the pipe can take the weight but not the body.

Come to think of it, I used your method when I swapped the leaf springs from side to side, because I could not use the rear spring brackets (my favorite jack stand position).

I don't think I'll try to angle it side to side. (I TRY to be very safety conscious). If any oil comes then so be it. Out of curiousity, how would you go about angling it?

Cheers,
Adrian
 

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Try going one notch lower on the offside jack stand. That should be solid and still let gravity work.
 

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scoutll said:
Try going one notch lower on the offside jack stand. That should be solid and still let gravity work.

I think I'd either do what Bryan proposes - which won't (I hope) compromise safety. Or - on your work side put the jack stand under the lip of the body and on the low side under the front spring bracket.

another possibility as I sit here is to only jack up one side of the car - leave the other side on the ground, maybe with a 2X4 between the opposite wall and the farside tire (to keep it from sliding sideways) I'm so used to jacking up the entire car but here it might be worth keeping the car stable that way.
 
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Thanks for the tips.

On a final note, I tried to put the 2x4 across the car but the exhaust pipe got in the way. Didn't fancy sorting that out - I forget how I done it last time.

I just ended up supporting the car on the axle brackets like I normally do.

I took the half shaft out and the oil is just dripping out - no big deal.

Cheers,
Adrian
 
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