putting the dodge up on blocks.

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  1. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

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    What material should be used in order to support a truck that im going jack up high so I can work on the transmission? Im also removing the wheels so I can replace calipers, lines etc.
     


  2. Shorts

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    Before we had frame stands we used big blocks of railroad ties cut to size. Back before safety was "cool" :lolz:

    Really though, if you can get some good frame stands, go that route. I've seen some pretty genius setups. If you've got a good flat workspace, that takes much of the horror out of working on it.
     
  3. country_boy

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    I got a 2 car carport with a dirt floor for my auto shop. Frame stands meaning jack stands? I cant afford anything expensive. Im really not trying to do it professionally either.
     
  4. MadMo44Mag

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    Old steel rims welded together.
    Lay one 15in rim flat on it side and weld 2 14in rims bead to bead.
    Gives you 33in total height. More than enough room to get a tranny out.
    Back in the day this was my set up.
    I used cheap jack stands to get to the 1st jacking point. That gave about 24in. Then place 2x8's under the floor jack and jack up till the home made stands fit.
    If you don't have jack stands use concrete blocks with a piece of 2x6 laying on top of the block.
    These stands will not move once under the truck. The frame rails fit right down inside the rim.
    Oh yeah, be dam sure the guy that welds the rims knows what he's doing!!!!
    Local salvage yards get $5.00 for old steel rims and may give them to you if they are bent.
     
  5. Buckles

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    jack stands are pretty cheap. you can get a set for around $50. is this a diesel we are talking about?
     
  6. country_boy

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    I can weld those rims no problem.
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    Ill show my old truck. its a 1989 w100.

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    Has 70,048 original miles. Former Texas parks and wild life. 318 tbi with a 727 short tail. Yes it is steel, I rammed my arm into the bed sanding and had to have my elbow reset!! :(
     
  7. 308nato

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    I love that zombie stompin bumper you got there.:happy0001:
     
  8. country_boy

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    Yeah Ive done research on that. Thats a custom made brush guard from some place in Waco same as the Heavy duty rear bumper. If you cant dodge it, ram it!
     
  9. M. Sage

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    Make sure it's sturdy and stable, especially on that dirt surface! I'd put something solid under it to stabilize.

    You do not want something that could even possibly shift on you while you're pulling the trans out. Lots of force can get transmitted into the truck while you're doing a job like this.

    Honestly, it looks tall enough that you might be able to just slide under it as is and go to work. That might be the safest way to go, even if it's not the most comfortable... But I'd rather be uncomfortable than flat any day.
     
  10. MadMo44Mag

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    CB that truck sits plenty high to get a 727 out.
    That ain't now low ridin Chevy there!!!!
     

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