I wanted a lift to help me with the maintenance and restoration of 26359. The problem was always a small garage with restricted height at a location that made delivery of any heavy duty equipment difficult and expensive. A large, or even a mid-sized, lift was out of the question but a small low rise lift would be portable and more convenient than using jacks stands. So I bought a Ranger (now part of BendPak) QuickJack.
The design is quite simple. A compact 110V (or even 12V DC enabling a car can lift itself which is neat) hydraulic control unit raises two parallelogram platforms that sit below the sills/rockers. As the platforms rise, rubber blocks engage the car on the regular jacking points and raise the car by around 18″ – 24″ depending on the rubber blocks used. There are locking positions at 50% and 100% rise that allow safe access under the car. So the height is similar to using tall jack stands but the QuickJack is quicker and supposedly safer. I will reserve judgement on safer until I have the car up to see how stable it is.
The QuickJack comes in three boxes, delivered by FedEx. No tailgate lift, forklift or superhuman strength required for unloading and delivery. The small box contains the hydraulic control unit and the two long boxes contain the platforms. My boxes arrived in good shape with no damage. Each platform weighs in at around 100lb/45kg so the guy on the box is stronger than me…
The QuickJack comes with some minor assembly required. It is mainly just connecting fittings to hoses and filling the control unit with hydraulic fluid. It takes about an hour’s work from unpacking the boxes to having a working setup. The fittings are particularly nice with some very effective heavy duty quick disconnects in the lines from the control unit to the platforms.
After a couple of lift/drop cycles the cylinders can be bled. The platforms take about 20 seconds to lift to full height. The control unit is not that noisy. The hydraulic rams on the platforms are quite small. My unit is still rated at 5000 lb (2267 kg) – more than enough for the 3108 lb (1410 kg) 308.
The platforms are lowered using the air cylinders at 50 psi that force the hydraulic fluid back to the control unit. To lift the vehicle, the platforms need to be slid in from the side. One cannot drive over these platforms as the hydraulic ram and fittings will probably get damaged. When lowered, the platforms are 3″ inches high which I thought was low enough to slide under my sills/rockers.
But I was wrong. My 308 is too low to slide the QuickJack under. So I will need to use ramps to raise the car beforehand which I was trying to avoid. So now before I can test the QuickJack, I’ll have to design and build some ramps that I can drive the car up on to raise it, while still be able to slide the QuickJack under. Stay tuned for some ramp building.
Disclaimer: 308restoration.com describes the restoration work I perform on my car and only my car. I am not a professional mechanic. The website content is presented for entertainment purposes only and should not by seen as any kind of advice, information, instruction or guidance for working on any other car. The opinions stated here are my own and no-one else’s.
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