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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Question 65 stock jack or other recommendations?

The 65 I bought did not have anything in the trunk. And I mean ANYthing. No spare, lug wrench, hardware or jack.

The previous owner must have been VERY confident in his tires and had AAA towing.

Since I don't trust my luck as much as he did, I feel that I need to resupply my trunk.

So here's the question: Should I try to get an original 1965 jack or is there another recommendation from someone experienced in the art of safe tire-changing equipment?

Does the stock jack work better / safer (for me and the car) than a bottle jack or some other jack?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 10:48 AM
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The last time I used a bumper jack was the last time I'll use a bumper jack. I've got a bumper jack in the trunk of my '63 but it's just for show (it came with the car). I have a scissor jack and star wrench that I would use to change a tire on the fly. I have a floor jack for 'home' use.

You asked for opinions; that is mine.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 01:14 PM
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Bumper jacks are very unsafe unless you are sitting on hard flat ground. The factory went to scissor jacks placed in front of the rear tire under the frame, or behind the front tire under the frame for safety. Even then a scissor jack cam fall over if the car is facing up or down hill.

GM used the same parts on most of their cars so a full size spare and tie down (which uses the bumper jack base plate to secure the tire) can be found in a lot of old cars in junk yards. I would also pick up the bumper jack only if it has the same bumper as your car.

Even a floor jack is unsafe to get under the car which is why they make and sell five ton jack stands to support the weight should the jack fail.

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You asked for opinions; that is mine.
I greatly appreciate it!

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according to the body tag: (if I'm reading this correctly)
Build Date: Third week of November, 1965
Impala SS 2-door coupe (V8)
Arlington TX plant.
Original Paint: Evening Orchid (currently Crocus Yellow)
Original Interior: white/black (currently Black)
Factory Air Conditioning

not on the tag:
396 TurboJet (non-matching number)
3-speed, Automatic Transmission (TH400?)

12 bolt,
locking rear differential (
3.30? gear ratio)
Tri-Volume Horn (GM Accessory)
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So, it sounds like for roadside tire changes, you guys prefer scissor jacks over hydraulic bottle jacks.

What are the specs on the scissor jacks you prefer?


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according to the body tag: (if I'm reading this correctly)
Build Date: Third week of November, 1965
Impala SS 2-door coupe (V8)
Arlington TX plant.
Original Paint: Evening Orchid (currently Crocus Yellow)
Original Interior: white/black (currently Black)
Factory Air Conditioning

not on the tag:
396 TurboJet (non-matching number)
3-speed, Automatic Transmission (TH400?)

12 bolt,
locking rear differential (
3.30? gear ratio)
Tri-Volume Horn (GM Accessory)
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 09:43 AM
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One out of a heavier vehicle such as a one ton pick-up. it will be stronger and have a larger base to make it more stable.

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