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  1. #21
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    I use a floor jack to get it to the halfway point & set it on jack stands, then use this extension I welded up to raise it the rest of the way.
    As top heavy as it seems it might be, it is surprising stable. I turned the pin that fits in the jack on the lathe so there is nearly 0 slop in the fit. Even so, it only gets used on the flat concrete floor & I am careful to stay as clear of the car as possible until the stands are slid in place, just in case. The "Z" only weighs 1,400 lbs. at this point, but we've had my son's 95 Camaro up on the stands to do exhaust work.
    Last edited by pro70z28; 10-22-2011 at 06:11 AM.

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    I've thought of making an extension for my jack before, but never had a reason to really follow through with it. Now that I've seen these stands, I think I have a reason. I always hoped to come across a real cheap vehicle ramp from a used car lot or something - at least until I had a place I could get a lift. Your idea is a much more reasonable solution to get the car high and not take up too much room when it's not being used.

    Great idea, and great looking car too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pro70z28 View Post

    I use a floor jack to get it to the halfway point & set it on jack stands, then use this extension I welded up to raise it the rest of the way.
    As top heavy as it seems it might be, it is surprising stable. I turned the pin that fits in the jack on the lathe so there is nearly 0 slop in the fit. Even so, it only gets used on the flat concrete floor & I am careful to stay as clear of the car as possible until the stands are slid in place, just in case. The "Z" only weighs 1,400 lbs. at this point, but we've had my son's 95 Camaro up on the stands to do exhaust work.
    @pro70z28 Thank you very much for the very inspirational photos much appreciated mate!
    What you have been able to show in a few photos is that this is not as difficult as some of the poster's here have made out.

    Obviously you are a constructor who has not become so extremely concerned about the trivial crap (and other people's abilities to weld) that appears to have confused some people into NOT sharing their knowledge!

    I commenced my ramps project, though it was placed on hold because of other commitments, 2 family funeral's, as well as my travel away from home, but I am planning to get them finished in the next few weeks, and will certainly place photos up here afterward!



    Quote Originally Posted by TravisT View Post
    I've thought of making an extension for my jack before, but never had a reason to really follow through with it. Now that I've seen these stands, I think I have a reason. I always hoped to come across a real cheap vehicle ramp from a used car lot or something - at least until I had a place I could get a lift. Your idea is a much more reasonable solution to get the car high and not take up too much room when it's not being used.

    Great idea, and great looking car too!
    @TravisT, There is your reason, idea, and (as I was originally seeking) the vision to get constructing & I agree, great idea and car!



    Quote Originally Posted by woodtick007 View Post
    No offense brother....but I would not get under a car if your welding your ramps with a 110v MM. You can go and buy a set of commercially made ramps on CL for $10-$15 dollars. But, hey! Good Luck with that!
    @woodtick007, We use 240vac 50hz here, though over the years I have also welded with direct 12vdc arc, 24vdc arc and 36vdc arc.

    I am welding now using my 240vac inverted to

    Also, these mini spool mig guns are just awesome and the welds, well they are comparable to the BIG professional units I have used.

    Last edited by gasgrassorarse; 10-25-2011 at 05:41 PM.

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    oh I forgot to add that my welder specs are:

    Transmig 165

    Maximum open circuit voltage: 34vdc
    welding arc voltage: 15-21vdc,
    Output current: 30-165 amp

    and I have been using .9mm (.035") flux core wire:
    E71T-11 (AWS A5.20) on DCen


    TYPICAL WELD METAL CHEMISTRY* (Chem Pad):
    Weld Metal Analysis Self-Shield 11 AWS Spec
    Carbon (C) 0.27 0.30
    Manganese (Mn) 0.38 1.75
    Silicon (Si) 0.18 0.60
    Phosphorus (P) 0.006 0.03
    Sulphur (S) 0.004 0.03
    Aluminum (Al) 1.56 1.80
    Note: AWS specification single values are maximums.
    TYPICAL MECHANICAL PROPERTIES* [Aged 48 hrs @ 200F (93C)]:

    CONFORMANCES AND APPROVALS:
    AWS A5.20, E71T-11
    AWS A5.20M, E491T-11
    ASME SFA 5.20, E71T-11
    ABS, E71T-11
    CWB, E491T-11-H8

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