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Home made Plus 2 jack

PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:02 am

I bought a scissor jack for £7.50 and adapted it...seems to work very well :D

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:48 pm

Very similar to the later jacks that came with the S 130 cars, Kev. The one at the bottom is the later one for a Sprint, and the others are for the Plus 2.
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PostPost by: nono17120 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:18 pm

where does they fit ?
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:43 pm

They fit into the jacking points under the sills behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels (if they are still there and haven't rusted away :lol: )
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PostPost by: nono17120 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:58 pm

not an early Elan?
because I thought to make me one, but it won't be like this
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:30 am

I'm thinking of making a couple of similar tools to fit trolley jacks.

Why is the central bar offset?
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:37 pm

Vince,
It's quite a tight fit to get the 'central bar' to locate and be supported from beneath without fouling the fibreglass. You'll also see that I had to grind off a section on the inside edge of the supporting bar.
While you want the bar to be central on the Jack, it's difficult to avoid the sill without making the bar too long and not being able to fit it underneath when you have a flat tyre.
I use a trolley jack to raise the rear by using a wooden U shaped block to straddle the exhaust.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:03 pm

nono17120 wrote:not an early Elan?
because I thought to make me one, but it won't be like this

The Elan doesn't have the jacking hole of the +2 which has a piece of metal inside the fibreglass under the door.

Jack up the front of an Elan using the chassis crossmember (vacuum chamber) and the back with a flat plate under the bodywork just in front of the wheel or, to save stressing the Rotoflex couplings, under the 'A' frame next to the rear brake disk.
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PostPost by: nono17120 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:42 am

OK, Thanks

Is there anybody 's already done it ? To show pictures ?
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:03 pm

I've made a device that will screw into a scissor jack or, with an adapter, fit into the recess of a trolley jack.
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My existing jack seems different to the images above.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:40 pm

Neat!
I think your existing jack is the correct one for an earlier Plus 2
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:23 pm

And with a couple of other adapter rings can also fit on axle stands!

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:16 am

Why do it from underneath ? :mrgreen:

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:45 pm

KevJ+2 wrote:Why do it from underneath ?


Would love to see a better picture of the brackets! Thought of doing something similar when I swap chassis...

Also measurements for jack "head" would be appreciated as I am missing a hack so need to make something.

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:29 pm

The brackets were simply a bit if sturdy bar with a small bolts welded to the ends to stop the lifting cord from sliding off.
On the other end, I welded cut down rotoflex bolts which are a good fit into the sill plate jacking point holes. But on one, the bolt sheared off, so would suggest using same size but a stronger material.
For the jack 'head' I again used a cut down rotoflex bolt as it's use is more a locator. The base beneath it (round bar) supports the weight is a diameter of maybe 1" (I would have to check). It's also maybe about 2.5" to 3" long to avoid contacting the sill and bottom flange when attached to the jack.
I'll check the measurements tomorrow and advise if wrong.
I took the body off on my own using the pulleys and if you take your time to raise and lower equally, I found it to be a good method.
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