A Technical/Social Event
The Social Place
We offer heartfelt thanks Gary and Maryann for hosting this event. Their place is wonderfully suited for such an occasion; it was generous of them to share it with us and to do the work that we know goes into preparation. Thank you both!
The Mechanical Place
A flock of speedwagons descended! Here we see six of about a dozen.
Trying to figure out what this thing is.
Some serious 'splaining going on.
This is the shop many of us dream about. - and you can only see a few of the tools. Obviously, Mr. Burris knows how to use everything there.
Gee, whiz! I never saw one of those before!
'splaining didn't work The Prez sent him to sit in the corner.
Making a Jacking Pad - Concept
Making a Jacking Pad - Process
|(1) Start with a hockey puck (gotta be a flat thing; golf ball won't work.) |
Mark the center of the puck using a gadget. If you don't have a machinist's gadget use a ruler to draw 3 diameterlines across the puck and mark the center of the little triangle they'll make in the middle of the puck. Precision is nice, but not critical in this application.
(3) Thread the screw the eye into the hole.
It's far easier to clamp the eye and turn the puck than vice-versa. (Heh, heh!) If you don't have a vice you can take up smoking or use a Crescent wrench to clamp the ring or a heavy screwdriver through it.
(6) The finished product. You may only ever need one or two of these if all you need to do is jack one side of the car off the ground. If you intend to put all four corners up on jack stands you'll want four of them.
(2) And then drill a hole in the center; about 1/8 to 3/16ths, maybe even 1/4", depending on the size of the screw eye you've bought. The threads on the screw eye should be a tight fit in the hole.
(4) Below, you see the maker checking the fit of the device into one of the slots referenced above. "Fit" means two things:does the ring fit through the slot (some might be a little too big. If so, grind or file the sides of the ring until it fits.)