Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happiness is a Rebuilt Jack

Visitors often ask: "How on earth do you get under the cars to work on them?"

Well one method is to jack them up. Of course the jacks we use are not anything you might use to jack up your auto, our cars weigh between 55 and 85 tons, so we need jacks designed for the job. Recently, we had our set of 35 ton, air powered jacks rebuilt, load tested and re-certified.

Here, Wayne and Morgan have car 601 raised up so the springs can be shimmed to level the car body (a second jack is on the opposite side of the car).

Keeping the cars level side to side and front to back and the proper height off the rails insure that parts wear evenly and, of course there are governmental regulations to be mindful of as well. - J. David

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