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jacking up front?
#1
Hey folks,

This might be a bit of a n00b question (which I am to these matters) but what's the best/preferred way to bring up just the front of the car (73) so that I can replace the fuel pump?

Only points I know of are the "official" jacking points but are those usable without a car lift?

Cheers,
Vincent.
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#2
I jack the front up under the engine (sub frame), then use jack stands.

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#3
There are no noob question when it's about safety.
If you don't feel safe with jack stands, you can use a pair of ramps.
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#4
I looked into this again, not easy coz I'm unfamiliar with the names of certain areas of our cars.

If I wanted to leave the car on jack stands for half a year, do I put them:
- Rear: under the rear axle or at the front where the spring leaves attach?
- Front: under those square beams behind the front wheels? (are those called side members?)

I'd rather not jack up the car under the cross member. Can I jack up one side at a time at the front?
Jacking up the rear is OK under the diff?

Thanks,
Vince.
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#5
Up front you have:
- Front Frame Rails
- Torque Boxes
- pinch weld roadside jacking points
- engine cross member

I wouldn't jack the front of the car under the front cross member - or radiator core support as it's commonly known. Granted, it boxes the front frame system, but it's really not the best place to support the weight of the vehicle from.

Yes, it's always good to jack the rear up from under the axle.

Eric

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#6
I jack it up then slide then put the ramps under the tires.
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#7
I try to get under the engine cross member if you have a jack rated enough to pick up the front end. Jack stands on each side under the frame rails near where the lower control arms mount. If you can only do one side at a time I would go under the strut rod brace in front but jacks shouldn't go under this for any length of time.
Rear, I jack under center of axle and jack stands under each frame rail or under each side of axle closer to each leaf spring. Depends on what I'm doing and what I need access to.
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#8
While we are on the subject, what are the jacking points when you have sub-frame connectors? I had the Global West ones installed, and have not had to get them on a jack since then. Is it ok to use the sub-frame connectors as jacking points or will is it too much stress?

Thanks,

Scott
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#9
BeerDontCount;274854 Wrote:While we are on the subject, what are the jacking points when you have sub-frame connectors? I had the Global West ones installed, and have not had to get them on a jack since then. Is it ok to use the sub-frame connectors as jacking points or will is it too much stress?

Thanks,

Scott

I would not jack the car up on sub frame connectors...
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#10
My two cents worth. You should only jack the car from points that Ford designed the car to carry weight. I always jack the front from under the lower ball joint where the spindle connects. That puts the weight of the car where it was designed to be. Jacking from the front cross member adds leverage to the weight and will flex the body. If you have rust it could actually do damage.
I also like to use ramps when doing simple repairs like oil change or lube. Always put jack stands under the car even with ramps for safety reasons. I jack the rear from below each leaf spring mount and have used the center of the rear to lift both wheels. I do not have my Ford manuals handy but I recall there is a diagram on where to pick up with a lift also.
When these cars were new I heard horror stories of people jacking them up and twisting the body and actually cracking windshields.
The physics of jacking the entire front of the car from the front radiator support is saying I am making the car a lever from the center of the rear axle all the way to the front so the force applied is much more than I want to put on the body. If there is no engine, transmission etc. then the weight is much less and probably ok then.


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