Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

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John1941
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Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by John1941 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:51 pm

I need advice about how best to jack up my 41-42 Packard 180 when on the road. Want to make sure I have the correct jack and know how to use it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
John in Oregon

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Re: Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by Packard fan » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:20 pm

Assuming your speaking of simply changing a a tire or the like.
i would use one of the small quality hydraulic floor jacks found in stores such as pep boys.
Just be sure you have a short piece of 2x4 or two handy to safety block the car from rolling and always position the jack on the frame near the tire.
Using the old style bumper jacks these cars came equipped with is just asking for trouble.

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Re: Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by John1941 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:19 pm

Thanks for the helpful information. We have a Harbor Freight Tool store nearby. I will see if they have a small hydraulic jack that will support the weight of the 180. Your suggestion about carrying along a few short pieces of 2x4 lumber also is a good idea. JOHN

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Re: Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by Prudence » Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:52 am

Good Morning...Harbor Freight is NOT known for quality...For a small jack like you are going to purchase...I would go to NAPA and purchase one that has a bit more quality...Another spot would be ACE or True Value Hardware...I have two, one for my Model A Ford which is from ACE about 16 years ago and the one for Miss Prudence the 1949 Packard is from NAPA...If you have a good one, you will never have to use it! Ernie in Arizona ;)

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Re: Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by John1941 » Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:47 pm

Thanks, Ernie. I have an extra 3 ton bottle jack that I am going to use. It's small and compact and strong. Appreciate everyone's help. John in Oregon

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Re: Jacking up a 41-42 Packard 180

Post by Packard fan » Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:53 am

Keep in mind that a bottle jack while a powerful jack will have a reasonable small footprint,making it possibly unstable on uneven surfaces or soft surfaces as dirt or gravel.
While even a small floor jack with a length of 24” will spread the weight to a larger area.making it much more stable.

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