Quickjack use on a 914

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luvatenor
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Quickjack use on a 914

Post by luvatenor » Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:56 am

I just purchased a Quickjack for my vehicles and tried it first on my 74' 914. Unfortunately, the 4 doughnut jack points do not provide enough surface area for the Quickjack jack blocks to engage, creating a potentially unsafe condition(movement and slippage under the doughnuts. My question- does the 914 have pinch welds that I could use(much safer and easier to use)? Thanks-ROLF

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:18 am

I have looked lightly into the Quick Jack but not enough to check the adjustable contacting portions of the design of the lift to the pan/frame. Could you post some pictures of what/where you are talking about as looking the jacking system up did not give much detail other than it looks like there might be some screw pads to even things out.

Doing a search there are several posts on the Quick Jack problems but I have not seen this being described. Pinch welds are out there but I suspect that measurements need to be taken first to see what is available is going to be enough. There is more "stuff" to them than I thought.

Lee

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by luvatenor » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:28 pm

Lee, on the drivers side the front doughnut is deformed and the rear doughnut is missing- I had to think of another place to put the quickjack blocks-Thanks-Rolf

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:21 pm

luvatenor wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:28 pm
Lee, on the drivers side the front doughnut is deformed and the rear doughnut is missing- I had to think of another place to put the quickjack blocks-Thanks-Rolf
https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q= ... oss%20beam

Rolf, this is the optional head to at least one of the Harbor Freight inexpensive floor jacks; I do have one and while I have used it I've used it of times (I usually use my 40+ year old JC Penney's floor jack as I am more comfortable with it as it has one additional thing that I depend on... head size and it's reliefs at the center). This works well on the front beam (it would be better if there were stops on two opposite side to stop any potential sliding) and also if you lift the bottom of the pan which I have had to do a couple of times (space/access restrictions mostly) you can spread the load out a bit using this.

Are your pads anything like this; e.g., being able to adjust to height differences of the pads and do they use threads to do it if you can. If so, could you make anything like this and maybe make it work? Just a quick idea. Pix would help a lot though.

Lee

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:25 pm

Rolf, some information that may or may not help.
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This is the HP floor jack with the alt head sitting on the floor. The pads are about 6" square and from the underside of the pad when it is sitting tight on the extended arm of the mount to the top of the arm the distance is 3/4". With the pad extended the distance to the top of the arm 2 1/2". The pads have a mount then the rubber portion that has cap head fasteners showing. The threaded shaft is 1" dia. and the threading is machined not bolt style of threading.
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With the arms all the way in the distance between the pads are 19 3/4".
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The distance between pads with the arms spread out is 26 3/4".

I don't know if you are going to try to build something but, just-in-case, some ideas here.

Lee
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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by luvatenor » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:34 am

I don't think that would help with the Quickjack- but thanks for the post

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:18 am

I wasn't talking about getting them but giving some ideas and dimension in case you have to make something. One of the reasons that the different styles of lifts have movable components is that very few cars have the same lifting/contact points. Look at the locations of the jacking points.

I don't usually lift the bare VW pan by the front beam or frame head because things can bend w/o the body in place to support it. I play with glass bodied buggies in which there isn't that much support to the pan; that is the main reason I got that style of floor jack, so I can lift things behind the front part of the pan. With the rotisserie I am kind of stuck with using the frame head.

Lee

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Re: Quickjack use on a 914

Post by V8Nate » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:21 pm

I didn't have an issue with using a quickjack on my father in laws 914 to pull the motor and it was rock solidImageImageImage

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