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Old 08-19-2023, 02:27 PM   #1
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Best way to jack?

After some incredibly generous and helpful time with Aerowood (Kip) Ive decided to pull the belly pan on my 66 sovereign but not remove the frame.

Anyone have any thoughts on jacking it up to facilitate removing the pan with a bit less pain. Any slick ideas to make the job a bit less awkward? Going to be dirty one way or another but why advice would be appreciated.
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Don't worry about easy, worry about safety no matter what it takes. I've dropped and replaced 4 belly pans. It is not a fun job, but quite necessary for a good frame inspection and a good renovation job. I wire brush the frame, I paint the frame, I repair the frame if needed, I install ridged foam under floor insulation, and a rivet up new belly aluminum. It gives me nightmares to think about it.

Using my heavy duty floor jack, I jack on the axle plate or the frame rail just behind the axle plate. I use heavy duty 6 ton jack stands on the frame rails just forward of the entry door on the frame rail, and just aft of the rear axle. Then I do the same thing on the other side, and then back to the curb side. I go up about 3" a try as I don't want to be unstable on the jack stands. I use a creeper while under the trailer, so I want about 20" clearance for doing the work.

Others may have better ideas, but this is what I did. By the way, I like Littleton. Your mainstreet is very neat, like a small town is supposed to be.

David
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