I said "Listen little buddy. I know you feel all naked without your rear, but hang in there. It will be OK soon."
I'm very supportive like that
I really stuck a large 4x4 under the frame before the rear wheels and supported it with jackstands. Then I chained the 4x4 to the rafters in my garage. You may have to really wrestle with it, so make sure it is secure. It would be below average to smack those control arms out with a dead blow and have the whole thing come tumbling down.
i put a set of jack stands in front of the wheel well to support the car. then i put another set of jack stands behind the wheel well on the frame beside the gas tank just in case the two front ones give out and to add a little more safety when working under there. if you need to pull the rear end completely out, just caarfully yank the back jack stands out and then put them back after you have pulled it out. good luck
Charbilly. I hope that was in jest.
But everyone is on the money on this one. The area of the frame where it widens in front of the wheelwells makes that an ideal place to set jackstands, concrete blocks, large wood blocks, or whatever is strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle.
OK guys take a deep breath! It was meant in jest. My apologies to anyone who was offended. I guess it never occured to me, after 40 years of being an auto mechanic, that someone who is working on a high performance car wouldn't know how to support the rear end of the car to remove the rear end. I will be more sensitive in the future.
Everyone: Thank you for the replys. I kind of figured it would be as y'all suggested, but given the potential for massive disaster were I to be wrong, I thought it best to ask
Jeff: I'm more humiliated by the Badger Hockey team than by anything the Packers have done. The Badgers lost to Wayne State, a 2 year old program who was picked as a sacrifice team so the Badgers could get worked up for the next series.
On supporting the car with concrete blocks, I say that is a big no no. I have seen too many cars held up by these fall after the blocks crumble. I use jack stands or I have some 8x8 wood blocks and then shake the car to see if it moves any. If it moves more than I like then I reposition the wood blocks/jack stands.
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1. Not offended, just puzzled
2. Been working on cars in 1 form or another for the last 17 years and while I've never rebuilt an engine or bent my own exhaust, I think that gives me at least a working knowledge of the hobby.
3. This is a "Chevelle" site, not a high performance car site. Many of us, including myself, own cars which are far from performance in nature. In fact, mine is quite slow, what with the 250 cid L6 and powerglide tranny. That being the case, I've never had the need to remove the rear or the need to learn how to support the car.
[This message has been edited by Byfield (edited 10-25-2001).]
I think Charbilly recovered quite well. Charbilly, Please understand that occasionally, people find their way onto this site who have no interest in cars or Chevelles, that they are looking to entertain themselves by starting trouble in the forums. They pop in and try to start online fights with the other users, or they just try to be a pain in everyone's behind. That's why we took issue with the last sentence in your first reply. We simly didn't know if you were just kidding, or if we had another troublemaker. We have had some problems on this board, so it takes a little while to establish credibility, but once everyone here gets to know you and they know you're legit, then it'll be smooth sailing from there on out. From the info you've shared in some of your other replies in other threads, I've reached the conclusion that you're someone we want on our team. Welcome aboard!!
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