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PostSubject: A better jack   Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:48 pm

I'm looking for a replacement for the stock jack. Is there anything better? I can get another one from a yard if there isn't.
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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:34 am

I dont know if there is a better one.I do know you can eliminate the stupid turn bar and weld a nut at the end and use an electric drill to jack it up.takes a little work
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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:18 am

You can probably buy a small bottle jack at Sears. That is what I did for my 70 GS as the stock 1970 jack hooks up to the bumper and no one uses them as they are dangerous to use and can damage the bumper. The bottle jack is small and gets the job done.

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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:56 pm

I've got one like this for the garage -



but it can't get underneath the Riviera until I've jacked the Riv up a little with the screw jack. I doubt a bottle jack would fit under the Riviera although that would be great if it would work.
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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:58 pm

Jack the R wrote:
I've got one like this for the garage -



but it can't get underneath the Riviera until I've jacked the Riv up a little with the screw jack.  I doubt a bottle jack would fit under the Riviera although that would be great if it would work.

Pretty sure it does. I'll have to check when it stops sleeting/raining and the sun comes back out. lol

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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:08 pm

When I was looking around I found a few floor jacks that would get under vehicles 3 ½” or so, they are pretty expensive and I never got one but that might be what you are looking for? You might try Northern Tool or someplace like that?

I saw this jack a while back and had to check it out, I checked at several places and had one with-in a week! I found a place that offered free shipping for over $250, the jack was $1 above their free shipping cut-off so I bought it. I thought it was a great deal. Even with the lift it takes a while to jack one up to get the wheels off, this makes QUICK time getting a car onto jacks stands!



It works “under” the Rivs, pretty much all of them, and even though it is not rated for a lot of weight it will lift one end or the other of any of them, and my ’72 is a pretty heavy car!

A couple of video links of it in action …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbEOa3U0zBg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnmK_glTWFA

It wouldn’t be any help out on the road but in the garage it’s great!

I had previously gotten one like this from Northern Tool …



It will get under the Rivs in several places, so it is some help. I had gotten this one before I found the bladder jack so haven’t used it as much since.

Good luck, there are lots of choices out there,
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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Search within! (J/K) razz

If you're looking for something that fits under the front cradle, the only thing I've found that works is a racing style aluminum jack, like this one from Harbor Freight:



http://www.harborfreight.com/15-ton-compact-aluminum-racing-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-60569.html

Sears offers a Craftsman version for about 2X the price. They go on sale once in a while.

The trouble with these jacks is they are large and don't fit well in the trunk. I've had to use the OEM jack a couple times, and although not ideal it did the job.

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PostSubject: Re: A better jack   Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:06 pm

The OEM jack may be the best design for side-of-the-road. I'd imagine tiny caster wheels don't work well on anything except for smooth concrete.
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