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Step 51 - Jacks

 

Time to finish the jacking system for the car...

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

Another shot of the tube notcher at work.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

Here is the finished product.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

Tacked into place.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

And welded into place.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

Here I am beginning the lefthand side jacking points.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

With the 6 jacking points installed (1 at each corner to hold a jack stand and 1 in the middle of each side for the jack itself), I was ready to test everything. Here is the Bilstein jack. Inexpensive, light, and proven. Perfect for carrying in the car for emergency use.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

No big surprise - the jack is fully extended and the car still isn't high enough to insert the jack stand pins. I knew I would be trimming the jacks down before this but now I could determine exactly how much I would trim off.

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

And here are the new, much shorter jacks. They are now smaller and significantly lighter, making them much easier to transport in the car. Getting to this point proved more work than I would have liked. That golden hue on the jacks in the previous photos comes from a protective zinc coating. Welding zinc releases toxic fumes so all the jacks were soaked in sodium hydroxide (lye) for a few days before I got down to bare steel, allowing me to continue my work.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

Here is the car on the new jacks. The small trays on each jack are meant to hold the wheel lugnuts.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

The car is plenty high enough for any work I can imagine doing on the side of the road.

 

Mini Rebuild - Step 51

I grabbed hold of the roll cage and started trying to move the car around. I put a considerable amount of force into the car and was pleased to find that it is absolutely stable. No movement at all! I will have no reservations about working under the car, provided she's on solid, level ground.

 

After I clean up my welds both in the car and on the jacks themselves and spray paint everything the jacking system will be 100% complete. Then on to fixing the lower dash...

 

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