I don't think it wise to be putting stands under Spitfire swing-axles.
The axles are strong enough, but why risk damage to them, the U-Joints
or the bearings by putting the weight of the Spit on them at a single
point. I'd recommend using the frame.
Dean Dashwood wrote:
> Hi Todd, welcome to the list!
> You need to remove the cover to get to the switch - the Haynes manual
> section on removing the gearbox describes how to do it, but it's not
> As for the jackstands (are these the things that I'd call "axle
> stands"?) I'd suggest under the axle for everything except removing
> axles. Insert all the standard disclaimers here about never working
> under a car that's only supported by a jack, add extra support by
> putting any wheels you've removed underneath the car whilst working,
> etc, etc. But you won't need to do this for the reverse light problems
> - that's completely an "inside the car" job.
> Good luck!
> Dean Dashwood
> '77 Spit 1500 (back from the garage with an MOT in 5 days - and
> >From: todd j. derr[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >Sent: 12 July 1999 04:15
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: new spitter...
> > I've been reading this list since shortly after I bought my new
> >a 1978 (or is that 79? commision #FM91578U) Spitfire, about a month ago, but
> >this is my first post... so, hello to everyone out there.
> > So far it's been fairly smooth sailing, but now I need to pass state
> >inspection, which isn't going to happen unless I can fix the reverse lights.
> >Currently they're stuck on - or at least _were_ stuck on before I removed the
> >bulbs; my thinking being I'm a lot more likely to get pulled over with the
> >stuck on than off...
> > Anyways, I have obtained the Haynes manual, which shows the location
> >of the reverse switch on the tranny, but I can't find anything about how to
> >access it. So, does anyone know, can I reach it from under the car or do I
> >need to remove the cover inside the passenger compartment to get it from
> > Also, this may be a silly question but I'd rather be silly than dead -
> >I bought a pair of jackstands and have no idea how to use them. Should I put
> >them under the frame? Under the lower wishbones in front? Under the axle in
> >the rear? Or should I jack up the car using the frame and put the jackstands
> >under the normal jacking points?
> >thanks in advance for any help,
> >PS: I _love_ driving this car!
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