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Old 08-26-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Unibody car on jack stands.

Haven't had had an old car with unibody construction til the '65 T Bird I bought last year. I need to get underneath to access the trans vacuum mo. valve. I presume the jack stands will go on the big seam weld running the wheel base along the outer edge of the underside, but I thought I'd check with you guys first.



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Old 08-26-2019, 06:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Unibody car on jack stands.

On my 08 mustang you use the jack stands on the pinch weld along the outer edge.
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:40 AM   #3
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if in doubt, jack up the rear axle and front suspension. If I'm going to have my 56 up for long that's what I do... closest to how it sits on it wheels.
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Old 08-27-2019, 03:49 AM   #4
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Haven't had had an old car with unibody construction til the '65 T Bird I bought last year. I need to get underneath to access the trans vacuum mo. valve. I presume the jack stands will go on the big seam weld running the wheel base along the outer edge of the underside, but I thought I'd check with you guys first.



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This group should have the right answer http://vintagethunderbirdclub.net/ph...ic.php?t=13310
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Old 08-27-2019, 05:29 AM   #5
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... unibody construction til the '65 T Bird. I need to get underneath to access the trans vacuum mo. valve. I presume the jack stands will go on the big seam weld running the wheel base along the outer edge of the underside...
The only way (IMO) to floor jack a uni-body, especially a heavy one, is to either raise the car-

Front - placing the jack under the engine cross-member, or @ control arm mount(s) and raise and place jack-stands. You will notice short rails after the engine cradle. This is where you want the stands.

Rear- either by raising by the center section of the rear and placing the stands under the axle tubes or @ the front spring perch mounts/short frame rail extensions.

Even though there is a special jack pad to raise a car by the outer rocker panel seam, I would advise against it. Doesn't take much here to damage it.

There are also pads available for the stands that will cushion the load of the metal (sheet) to the stand.
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This group should have the right answer http://vintagethunderbirdclub.net/ph...ic.php?t=13310
And to add to this, GET THE SHOP MANUAL - it shows where the mounting points are on the underbody.
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Always get the shop manual for the car from Helm Inc., best money you will ever spend on your car!
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:14 AM   #8
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Default Re: Unibody car on jack stands.

Thanks guys. I do have the shop manual, but can't find anything in it about leaving the car on jack stands. Don't know how long I'll have it on stands, but I'm guessing less than a day.
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