Mounting the High Lift Jack.
By Eric Mc Millan
The jack is a heavy sob and is difficult to stow. It must be easily available and mounting it on the roof rack defeats the objective of keeping the load low. With this in mind I thought it best to mount it so that the vehicle chassis would take the weight. I first got the idea from Jimmy a couple of years ago and adapted it for my 90.
Picture 1 shows the bottom mounting which is made from a piece of 65x65 angle iron which is bolted to the chassis using existing holes in the rear cross member. The spigots are from 16mm round bar and pick up the holes in the base of the jack. 8mm bolts secure the spigots to the angle base plate.
Picture 2 shows the top mounting. This is made from a piece 40x5 flat bar secured to the 90 by the same bolt that holds the spare wheel swing out bracket and a 8mm bolt that picks up the outer rivet hole. The jack is secured by 12mm bolt which is attached to the flat bar. The bodywork is strengthened on the inside by a piece of 50x50x3 aluminium angle. Also shown in the picture is the antenna mount for the HF SSB Amateur Radio transceiver. Very useful for keeping in touch with the home front while you are having fun in Bots or some other remote destination.
Picture 3 shows the jack located on the lower mounting a piece of neoprene between the base of the jack and mounting bracket avoids metal-to-metal contact. The holes in the base have been enlarged to 16mm.
Picture 4 shows the jack secured by the top bracket. Rubber loaded polyethylene bushes hold the shaft of the jack in position. To align the top mount with a hole in the shaft of the jack a thin slice can be shaved off the bottom off the shaft where it enters the base of the jack. Using an off cut machine beats the hell out of doing it with a hacksaw. A threaded handle holds the jack in position.
Picture 5 shows the jack in position with a spade lashed to it. The handle and spade can be locked with a short length of chain and a padlock if you are parked at a shopping mall or some other scaly place.
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