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    Default Best place (safest) to place jack stands

    I'm finding that my "100% rust free" 280z 2+2 I bought a couple of weeks ago isn't so rust free. All four of the ends of the frame rails where prior owner probably placed jacks and scratched the metal are pretty much rusted to pieces. However, at least the entire rest of the bottom of the car (eg, floor boards, trany tunnel, outriggers/cross members, etc) are completely free of rust. I have to keep reminding myself this thing was built 36 years ago and there has to be some rust.

    My first question is, in light of the above rusted frame rails, where would be the best spot to place jack stands? The jack stands I typically use on my vehicles are kind of big, heavy duty ones and there isn't a whole lot of room around the rear cross member. And where on the front end would be the best place to be them.? if anyone has a couple of pics of their car on stands, that would help.

    My second question is, in light of the entire rest of the car underneath being solid with no rust, how much of the structural integrity of the car is jepordized by the ends of the frame raills being bad? I'm sure I'll have to replace them, but I'm not sure if its a priority before driving?

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    Gary

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    I put the jacks under front/rear axel everytime, never put them against the hull itself.
    -72 240Z "Goldie"

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    Put them where the FSM recommends. Under front rails, by the TC bucket and the rear transverse rail in front of the rear wheels. Pictures are in the GI section of the free FSM, probably page 5 or so. Are those spots rusted through?
    2/74 260Z

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    Everythiing but the back end of the frame rails seems solid. And now I see where the manual is saying to place them. I'm glad I asked tho, I didn't realize the service manuals were available on-line for free. That helps. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healeyalt View Post
    Everythiing but the back end of the frame rails seems solid. And now I see where the manual is saying to place them. I'm glad I asked tho, I didn't realize the service manuals were available on-line for free. That helps. Thank you.
    Not a problem.
    2/74 260Z

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