55 Bird Jack Points

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Tacweld
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55 Bird Jack Points

Post by Tacweld » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:51 pm

I just acquired a '55 and would like to do some work from underneath using ramps. Can someone suggest the proper jack points front and back, and any particular precautions. Thanks for the help.

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Re: 55 Bird Jack Points

Post by ICON 1961 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:15 pm

First DO NOT use the car jack ! These cars are over 50 years, use a floor hydraulic jack on the frame. or put the car on a hydraulic lift look carefully for the frame to place the arms under.
You should have the 1955 shop manual, On my 1956 Shop manual page 164 shows the frame
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Re: 55 Bird Jack Points

Post by Tacweld » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:32 pm

Icon, I planned on using a floor jack, wouldn't think of the car jack. I've got a shop manual on the way and hopefully will get some insight from the frame detail. If others have any ideas, I'm all ears. Thanks.

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Re: 55 Bird Jack Points

Post by paul2748 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:57 pm

Fora rear jack point on my 56, I use the pumpkin. For the front, the front cross member or the cross member under the engine. Never had any problems.
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Re: 55 Bird Jack Points

Post by DynoDan’55 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:12 pm

Floor jack the front frame crossover center & differential 3rd member for routine maintenance, and place the jack stands under the ends of the front crossover & axle housings. The ramps are good for work requiring suspension compression, but I generally just insert them after jacking. Driving up them can be risky, since falling onto the rocker panels will likely cost a couple thousand in paint & bodywork (ask me how I know!). I typically always use the ramps on the rear (unless the springs need to be relaxed) since 4 stands are dangerously unstable. Most jack stands will require a few 2X4 scraps to keep the frame high enough to remove the ramps if the suspension is unloaded.

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Re: 55 Bird Jack Points

Post by Tacweld » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:14 am

Great, many thanks to all.

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