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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 4:19 PM Thread Starter
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Jack slipped... this sucks!

So my floor jack came out from under the car in rather dramatic fashion this morning. Happened so fast I’m not sure how or what caused it. Either way I’m left with some choice scratches in my car and a very small subtle wave in the fender. Nobody will touch the car around here, they just want insurance work. Feeling quite frustrated right about now. Any help or advice? I’m in the South King county area of Washington.
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 5:15 PM
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I was lucky when mine slipped out from under the Chevelle, no damage to the car but the jack handle went clear through the garage door.
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post #3 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 5:26 PM
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Re: Jack slipped... this sucks!

That Blows. If it happened this morning, I'm not sure how you can say nobody in your area can cure that booboo. You need to resource, meaning shoulder tap at your local cruise ins, bodyshops (sidework), and personal leads. That color may be troublesome and may be a tough match. Looks like all your work is down low so if your not extremely anal, paint blending on the door shouldn't be needed.
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post #4 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 6:11 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I meant to say the body shops around here won’t help. Doesn’t matter it’s just a simple scratch/dent, because it’s a 68, and not insurance work they won’t touch it. I have the paint for it left over from when the car was painted, so color match isn’t an issue. It’s metallic, so I’m not wanting to try this myself even though the body work side I think I could do.
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post #5 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 7:19 PM
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That sucks, but if you didn't get hurt, count your blessings.
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post #6 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 8:02 PM
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Re: Jack slipped... this sucks!

Bummer, but like Novadude said, at least you didn't get hurt...or I'm presuming you didn't. I've sold parts to a few guys in the South Sound area, but I can't say I really know any car guys from that area. I'd recommend you try what Jerry recommended and hit a few cruises and car shows in your area. There are guys who do small jobs on the side.

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post #7 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 8:26 PM
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post #9 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 9:53 PM
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I don't really know, but doesn't your comprehensive coverage on your policy cover that. Even though you did it, it's still an accident isn't it? Just a thought. Also, I am very sorry about your unfortunate event. I would just be sick. It reminds me of back in the day when I backed up my Chevelle into the left front fender of my 69 Corvette. Not a good day, it made me sick to my stomach.
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post #10 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I’m sure my insurance would cover it, the problem is (at the moment) finding someone to do it. Classic cars seem to be off the menu for all the body shops around here. I’m going to have to try finding somebody who paints on the side or does it privately. If it wasn’t a metallic paint I may try it myself despite never doing it before.
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post #11 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 10:26 PM
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Re: Jack slipped... this sucks!

If you have any classic car dealers in the area maybe go by and ask them if they know any paint and body guys...

Man that sure sucks. Sorry that happened.

Your 68 color looks close to mine too..
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post #12 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 10:50 PM
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Re: Jack slipped... this sucks!

I canít help with your question, but could you please give details on just what happened? Iíve always been afraid of floor jacks and rarely use one without a jack stand ready to slide into place. Iíve never seen one pop out from under a car. My fear has always been that the hydraulics would fail causing a sudden collapse.

However it happened, Iím sorry that you have to deal with this damage.
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post #13 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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The floor jack was under the section of the frame behind the drivers front wheel. I was jacking it up to get a jack stand under it and it just shot backwards. It happened in a split second! I figured this was the first and last time for this so I ordered a quick jack setup. It’ll pick the whole car up safely a little over 20” or so and hold it until released. I’ve looked at these for a while and just never wanted to spend the $1300 on one. Guess I shouldn’t have waited or this would never have happened.
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post #14 of 54 (permalink) Old May 31st, 19, 11:08 PM
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I feel bad for you, just seeing it makes me wince. Glad you didn't get hurt as well and best of luck getting it corrected.
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Take it to a restoration shop. Never take a classic to a collision shop. You are correct in all they want is insurance work where they change some parts and beat the clock. The restoration shops around here are $100.00 per hour give or take but most do good work.
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