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Old 06-14-2018, 11:33 AM   #1  
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Just took possession and got to drive my 1970 Coupe!
The original jack is rusted and frozen, so I will try to clean it up but I don't want to rely on it.
Looking for recommendations for a new jack, that will fit in the spare tire compartment, fit under the body even with a flat tire, and perform well (i.e. lift the car without failing/tipping/bending).
I prefer a hydraulic floor type jack to a bottle hydraulic or scissor jack. Not worried about the jack being period correct.
What do you all use?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:53 PM   #2  
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The stock jack. It stores out of the way like it was intended to. Yours should clean up.
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I have a pair of hydraulic bottle jacks to raise the car off of my Qwik-Lift and onto jackstands. Those would fit in the car. I think they are from Harbor Freight. They do not have a lot of travel, though. I haven't seen a hydraulic floor jack that would fit easily, and even the replacement scissor jack that a PO had installed was too big to fit. Perhaps if you took the cargo compartment buckets out.



AAA card and Fix-a-Flat for when I'm out and about. No jack, no spare tire, but I'm not going on long road trips, yet.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:14 PM   #4  
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I used scissor jacks for decades before I was nearly injured from a tilting jack (level ground isn't always easy to find when the tire is flat).

I now use a stow-a-way mini floor jack for safety reasons (I know of two separate occasions where people were seriously injured when the scissor jack tilted rapidly).

Just saying
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I ditched my spare and tub. I carry the AAA card as well. Keep good tires on the car and use the AAA as a back-up should you ever get in a pinch.
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https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Buffa..._content=Tools I like this type. the less time you are on the highway the safer.I also have a can of fix a flat.
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https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Buffa..._content=Tools I like this type. the less time you are on the highway the safer.I also have a can of fix a flat.
So the 5" minimum height fits under the frame of the Corvette? Good to know!
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Fix a flat will inflate a tire that went down slowly, like overbite. If the air falls out while driving, fix a flat isn't gonna help. I get a kick out of that electric scissors jack...
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I get a kick out of that electric scissors jack...
A mini electric impact wrench would be handier. And maybe an electric tire remover/installer to save my back.
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Agree with Easy Mike:"The stock jack. It stores out of the way like it was intended to. Yours should clean up." I had no jack that came with my 68 convert, so I found a military surplus scissors jack that fit in the storage compartment. You should be able to clean yours up.... sandblast or chemical rust remover should work...and then you have the correct one.
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Do you carry a full size replacement tire in the tub? Or have your sourced a decent spare tire replacement?

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I've not been able to find a replacement tire for the spare on my 78 and wouldn't dare drive down the road on that thing. Maybe someone is reproducing them now...
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Do you carry a full size replacement tire in the tub? Or have your sourced a decent spare tire replacement?

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I've not been able to find a replacement tire for the spare on my 78 and wouldn't dare drive down the road on that thing. Maybe someone is reproducing them now...
I have a reproduction wheel on order; when I change the tires that came with the car (which are WAAAAY past their date), I'll mount one on the extra wheel and use that as a spare.

In terms of new tires - well, that's another thread!
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I used scissor jacks for decades before I was nearly injured from a tilting jack (level ground isn't always easy to find when the tire is flat).

I now use a stow-a-way mini floor jack for safety reasons (I know of two separate occasions where people were seriously injured when the scissor jack tilted rapidly).

Just saying
Stowaway mini-jack on order from Amazon!
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The stock jack. It stores out of the way like it was intended to. Yours should clean up.
I like the way you think!
Unfortunately, I sprayed a bunch of PB Blaster lubricant into/around it, got the lug wrench out - and I can see the ball bearings in the hub! The covering of the bearing is rotted/rusted away. I just don't think I can trust it in the middle of the night by the side of the road.
Your advice is still appreciated, and would have been my first choice.
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The OEM scissor jack was missing when I purchased my 73 and I'm looking for a lightweight mini floor jack.
If I cant find one I'll purchase an OEM type scissor jack for a replacement.
I plan to purchase a light weight 17" aluminum wheel with a 4" bs and mount a 17" narrow tire as a spare to save weight.
I keep AAA towing but I drive in areas without cell service so I plan ahead because I know if I have a flat it will be in that no service zone.
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The OEM scissor jack was missing when I purchased my 73 and I'm looking for a lightweight mini floor jack. <SNIP>
Found this on Amazon, $31 mini floor jack, 2 tons, decent reviews. Should be arriving in about a week.
I'll keep everyone posted.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Found this on Amazon, $31 mini floor jack, 2 tons, decent reviews. Should be arriving in about a week.
I'll keep everyone posted.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Impressive.
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Please get a picture of it secured in the jack stowage area! If it fits and works, that would be great to know, and far safer than a scissor jack.

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