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curved saddle for jack

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:40 pm
by simonjrwinter
Has anybody ever made themselves up one for lifting the front of their Hawk?
I've always jacked the front of the car by using a jack and several blocks of wood under the front X member, but it's a tad precarious. any ideas before I get something made up?
Simon

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:09 pm
by KevinW
The same thing has occurred to me when jacking up on the round tubes on the Crendon chassis (similar to 289 drainpipes, slightly wider). I got fed up faffing about with bits of wood and not having enough lift on the jack. So I bought on one these :

https://www.halfords.com/tools/garage-w ... 57305.html

- very low height, so slides under all parts of the car easily, easy to jack, high lift height and chassis sits very comfortably on the rubber jacking foot. It is very heavy, so not really something to take with you when out.

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:59 pm
by peterc
I have always made do with the standard cradle. The lugs prevent it from sliding off the chassis tube.
Peter C

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:10 am
by clive
I use this. It's a 3.5 ton high lift jack which we used when we had a fleet of busses. It is designed to fit under a diff.

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Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:25 am
by Roger King
The original Shelley jack had a curved cradle that sits neatly under the chassis tubes (original chassis tubes are smaller diameter than Hawks etc., but I don't think that's critical!). They are very good, very reliable jacks which have no hydraulics to fail, but in the workshop I have a Weber trolley jack with a rubber pad. If it's good enough for commercial tyre fitters, it's good enough for me...

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:39 am
by simonjrwinter
My garage floor is not particularly smooth so with the rear wheels chocked, raising the front creates an “arc” as the Jack tends to get stuck on the uneven floor, I’m a bit reluctant to just use the jack pad. It’s a big old weight of car to drop on your head!
I might try and have something made up.
Simon

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:59 am
by kdavies3
I have two post ramp which has been fabulous help on the Hawk build.
I also currently use wooden blocks which I'm not entirely happy with.
I could do with some kind of curved foot for the ramp mainly at the front.

Re: curved saddle for jack

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:07 pm
by peterc
Simon, suggest that you buy a rubber pad to suit the cradle on the jack and then carve a suitable curve. They usually come with a slot to suit modern cars folded joint but that would allow you to modify it with a suitable sharp chisel.
You may even find other shape rubber pads are available that are more suitable.
Peter C