A couple of comments on jacks.
The first roadster I bought in '71 had 2 metal wheel chocks shaped somewhat
like this. _/^\_ Painted same yellow as the jack. I don't know if they
were stock or added by the PO. I have never had a problem when I used them.
On floor jacks: I had been able to slide my 3 ton jack under the frame
rails. A few weeks ago I installed a set of Koni shocks. When I lifted the
car, removed the jack stands, and lowered the car, I was unable to remove
the jack. The Konis lowered the car by about an inch. Now I have to jack
from the front plate or rear end. So if you get a floor jack be aware of
its lowest height.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom @ Datsun2000" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Nathan Ruffcorn" <Nathan.Ruffcorn@netcare-il.com>;
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 8:57 PM
Subject: RE: he's got the jack!
> Scissors jacks are risky, but how many of you have seen what the stock
> that comes with the roadsters can do?
> Many of you have heard or know not to use them, but if you do make VERY
> you block the wheels on the opposite side of the car. If you don't the
> can (will) roll one direction or the other causing the jack to roll into
> door, and if you are under the car at the wrong time you might be in
> Stock jacks are nice for full restorations, but I would not recommend
> one without proper preparation. Many years ago ('68 I think) I rolled a
> jack into the door, and with a HUGE effort managed to prevent a recurrence
> when I forgot the first experience after purchasing my second roadster a
> years later. After that I always carried a couple of 5" lengths of 2x4 to
> jam under a wheel if I had to jack the car again. Today there are really
> nice plastic wheel jams you could carry if you only plan to use the
> 69 2000 - Mr. Hyde
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Nathan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 5:36 PM
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> Subject: Re: he's got the jack!
> It was great to here the Mazda GLC reference. You never see them anymore,
> albeit they were kind of a disposable car, but still a "Great Little Car".
> In regards to your scissor jack, they are fine for roadside repairs but I
> would definitely use a floor or bottle jack for routine maintenance and
> repairs. The scissor jack just has way to many weak points. With these
> jacks you are placing all your trust in a couple rivets, a short length of
> hardened all-thread, and stamped 14 gauge steel. Auto manufacturers use
> them because they are inexpensive and light weight. I have witnessed one
> scissor jack fail when I was a kid (76 datsun pickup truck) when the
> stripped. You couldn't pay me to lay under a vehicle with a scissor jack.
> Again they are great for what they were designed for-changing spare tires.