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Old 07-24-2020, 09:57 PM   #1
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I have seen pictures of wheel stands like these made by Car-o-liner a few times online. Do they still make them/sell them? It looks like the company that sells them is overseas? My internet search hasn't not produced much results. I've also seen home made cribbing stands made of wood. I would like to hear from you guys as to what you think.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:42 PM   #2
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These are what I use.
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When I first got my '51. I cleaned the bottom using wooden cribbing like shown in your last picture. They worked well for that purpose, but I ended up giving them away to another guy doing a restoration because they took up so much room when not in use.
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Old 07-25-2020, 01:01 AM   #4
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When considering new stands, give a thought to the feet. How much support is there and what sort of surface will it be sitting on. Ask me how I know bad things can happen.
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The 18+" tall Car O Liner wheel stands appear to be made by a Swedish Co. who have one US distributor.
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Old 07-25-2020, 07:25 AM   #6
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Just wondering how you get the car up high enough to place them? My floor jack will not lift that high.
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Old 07-25-2020, 07:45 AM   #7
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I used the wooden cribbing for 25,000 fork lifts so yes they work well, in fact I kept a pair that I still use today for my old Fords. You can get a high lift floor jack that will lift it high enough for the stands
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Old 07-25-2020, 08:55 AM   #8
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I used 4 15" rims and 4 14" rims to hold the wife's Corvette up when I pulled the transmission. Jack one wheel up put a 15 " rim down flat under it, do the same with the other three. Then jack up a wheel and place a 14" rim in the 15" and do the same for the other three. Very positive. No wiggle no wobble no danger of it falling off the wheels. I used junk wheels that I got for free and when I finished I took them to the scrapper.
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Just wondering how you get the car up high enough to place them? My floor jack will not lift that high.
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One step at a time . . . with smaller blocks being used until you get it high enough - and having to block up the dang jack long the way.

As floor jacks are made to roll - be very careful with how you use one for something like this - I'd prefer a different type of jack. No matter how you do it, it is a big pain in the butt!
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Old 07-25-2020, 01:20 PM   #10
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This is what we used when I was a mechanic and car still had real bumpers.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...1a9bbb6f3bd3c4

It lifts 31.5", from the 11" high pads. At one of the 3 shops I worked at, we had a much larger lift. It was about 3.5 ft wide and had a single ~12" cylinder and arms, hinged near the cyl, at least 4.5 feet long. It would lift, close to 5 ft. I liked it a lot! You would place it under the A arms or a cross member. You lifted the car, until the rear bumper, hit the ground (and then some). You place jack stands at the rear of the frame and then lowered it down on to the front stands. All 4 up in one lift.

Do a search with this question;

picture automotive air lift jacks

There are a lot of new types out there but, I couldn't find one of my favorite old one.
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Old 07-25-2020, 03:27 PM   #11
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One more point, remember, if you raise the front a lot, you'll have to put stands under the rear frame or bumper, to insure that you can get a jack under the rear, to lift it.
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. At one of the 3 shops I worked at, we had a much larger lift. It was about 3.5 ft wide and had a single ~12" cylinder and arms, hinged near the cyl, at least 4.5 feet long. It would lift, close to 5 ft. I liked it a lot! You would place it under the A arms or a cross member. You lifted the car, until the rear bumper, hit the ground (and then some). You place jack stands at the rear of the frame and then lowered it down on to the front stands. All 4 up in one lift.
Yep, They were called a 'Bay Lift'. Used them often years ago and wish they were still making them.
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If your really brave. You will quickly see how even the heavier convertible frame flexes. Not recommended.
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I bought a set of these several years ago and love them.
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Thank you for the responses gentlemen.
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Old 07-26-2020, 12:59 AM   #16
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Yep, They were called a 'Bay Lift'. Used them often years ago and wish they were still making them.
Yes, that's it!

It was my favorite jack. They are easy to maneuver, too. The only draw back, is they take up a lot of space.
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Old 07-26-2020, 09:14 AM   #17
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Built these from scrap lumber .... I just use a piece of 4x4 on the floor jack pad to get the added lift needed to put them underneath ....

Jack stands are great but are a pain when when trying to swing an engine and trans combo with a roll around engine hoist - the stands are in the way. With these, the legs of the hoist slip right under and make it a breeze.
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Tom, love the wheel color, that is very similar to one I am using.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:20 PM   #19
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I do what DJones says with old car wheels.
If you put them with the outside facing up you will end up with a deep crater the car could not roll out of.
When not in use you can stack them all in one pile so they only take up the space of one wheel on the floor.
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Many old-time wrecking yards used two wheels, one laying down and another standing within the lower rim, generally welded together.. Very safe.
A man I knew a few years ago was closing up his shop in preparation to close it down. I stopped by to see if he had anything I needed.

I spied a set of axle stands made from a pair of early V8 Ford axle housings with the ends cut off and notched to fit an axle.
I remembered this style of axle stand from when I was a teenager, they were in very common use in many repair shops.
When I inquired about the stands the man gave them to me, very handy items to have around the shop.
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