Raising a rear axle with the jack in the middle is considered a bad practice, so today I made this jack adapter.
I put it to work right away and set the car up for pulling the rear end.
With a six foot length of square tubing between the muffler and the rear spring, it's a simple matter to drop the axle and pull it out the back.
As you can see, this car has the wrong spring, spool, and drive shaft housing for 1915, so I'll replace those while I have the rear axle out.
Nice job Steve I like it!
While you're at it, going to replace the spring for a taper leaf, and replace those late shackles too?
Yep, the tapered spring and the figure eight shackles are ready to go in.
And Steve, you might consider a correct muffler and a proper mounting for it. Looks like a muffler shop quick fit!!!!
Allan from down under.
Tell us about attaching the tool to the jack.
Looks bolted to that swivel plate on the jack arm.
Nice setup. I like it. Makes it easier for a one man job too, and for pulling out the rear end.
Nice Steve - I made mine out of wood - back to the work bench !
Tim is correct. I just drilled and tapped a couple of holes in the swivel plate.
The muffler is one of several things not exactly kosher on this car.
Steve, I may have some extra cast ends and possibly a complete muffler if you want to put a more correct one in while you are there.
Looks like "gorilla" welds, ugly but strong.
Tim, that "swivel plate on the jack arm." is called a saddle.
Great job. I've been raising my rear ends from the middle for years, with no problems. Is this car your '15 roadster? If so, you've got some correcting to do. Have fun.
I especially like the idea of having the frame supports as far back as possible and outboard far enough to clear the radius rods.
But one question: With the rear wheels removed, can you roll the rear axle out while it's supported only on the floor jack ? I always visualize rolling the rear end assembly out on the rear wheels, but your method opens up much better options for frame supports.
Being somewhat of a coward when it comes to crawling under anything that might fall on me, I'm wondering about the possibility of the car rolling forward a couple inches and the frame slipping off the crossbar. Do you have any sort of tangs on the support crossbar to keep the frame from slipping forward?
Yes, 1915. I have a bunch of more correct parts to install.
Yes the assembly rolls out on the jack. And no, the frame can't slip forward off the cross bar because the spring is behind the bar.
Nice licence plate !!
Here's a video on Steve's restoration of that license plate:
"Yes the assembly rolls out on the jack. And no, the frame can't slip forward off the cross bar because the spring is behind the bar. "
Good. I like it even more now.
what size square tubing did you make that jack tool..I'm no welder, but I think I'll have one made up. Love that idea. Wish I were that ingeneous! I can't even spell ingeneous!
And thanks Ken..never was much of one for nomenclature!! Hey, I spelled that right!! LOL
Nobody will ever accuse me of being a good welder, but I usually manage to stick things together so they stay put. I used heavy two-inch square tubing. That was probably overkill. A lighter gauge would probably work, and would cost less. I spent almost twenty bucks on this.
Here's a pic of the one I built a few years ago, it has a third arm w/an adjustable for height end on it to support the torque tube when pulling the rear end.
A job is never finished until the paint is dry.
I like the driveshaft support.