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A Technical/Social Event

On July 16, 2016 members of the Clan of the Corvette gathered at Burris' Horseless Carriage Ranch for a few hours of hands-on how-to, followed by a wonderful lunch catered by the lady of the House of Burris. It is your editor's impression that everyone left impressed and satisfied.

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!

Thanks also to Dale & Cheri Hancock, who prepared and provided some smooth home-churned ice cream. Your editor has not had that delight for years - and it was as good as he remembered.

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.

 

Four antiques.

 

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

The purpose of this device is to create a cushion to mount between the iron pad on the lifting arm of a jack (or atop a jack stand) and the rocker panels of the Corvette that can be damaged by unpadded contact. A hockey puck, while it feels hard if it hits you in the mouth, is sufficiently soft to provide the necessary cushion since the body of your car is harder than your teeth.
 
There are two slots (oriented longways) about an inch and a half long on each side of your car, located a few inches back from the outside edge of your rocker panel. One is behind the front wheel and the other ahead of the rear wheel. 

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.
 


 
 


(5) The threaded portion of a screw eye this size will be long enough to go all the way through the puck with the point extending out the other side. If you don't have a grinder, use a file or buy a shorter screw eye if you can find one with the appropriate diameter/length ratio.

 



 
(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.)
Once you know it fits through the slot, turn the device 90 degrees. That will keep it from dropping out.
You should feel a little friction as you  turn it into place. That means the edges of the ring are engaging the edges of the slot, which will keep it from wiggling loose while you work. If it is too loose, turn the screw eye into the puck a little bit and try it again. If too tight, back the screw eye out a bit. Once you have the screw's depth set right, go on to the next (final) step.

 

 

Future Events

Tuesday, Aug 29 at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, Aug 29 at 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Aug 29 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Sep 5 at 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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