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« on: July 15, 2017, 06:56:26 PM »

Took a roadtrip with a friend in a 'barnfind' type of 64 Fairlane (289 3sp on the column) which was a blast in itself, but there was an added bonus. On the way home the PS rear tire blew and we had to change the tire along the road using the bumper jack and a snow tire spare. I forgot the clicking sound of the bumper jack and how high the car had to go to change the tire.  A trip back in time for sure.  Grin



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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 06:48:40 AM »

The bumper jack is one of the scariest inventions ever in the automotive industry. My personal experience is that I never had a flat tire where the ground around me was level and solid. I envisioned the jack giving away at any moment, but it didn't. So..........scary, but effective. I'll take a scissor jack any day over a bumper jack!

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 06:56:55 PM »

The bumper jack is one of the scariest inventions ever in the automotive industry. My personal experience is that I never had a flat tire where the ground around me was level and solid. I envisioned the jack giving away at any moment, but it didn't. So..........scary, but effective. I'll take a scissor jack any day over a bumper jack!

I didn't say it wasn't scary.  Grin My buddy jacked up the car as I was broke the lug nuts loose then he removed the flat and let's just say I QUICKLY got the spare on and started the lug nuts.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 06:23:04 AM »

If you leave the wrench in the jack and start it down, it gets a rhythm and goes down automatically, if you do it wrong, it twists and the car fall off the jack. Changed many a tire using bumper jacks, the ones with the slot in the bumper were better than the ones that just depended on the weight of the car to hold the piece to the bumper

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 06:59:39 AM »

Prowling the junkyards as a teenager, we did employed bumper jacks in a variety of sketchy ways...luckily we had a ready supply of old rims to use as jackstands as well.

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