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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: GTV on blocks - undercarriage support
The jacking points are actually the best place to support the car for long periods as it takes all the weight off the wheels and suspension.
Trouble is, they're round and most axle stands have a Y shaped cup (why IS that..???) so it gets a bit hairy..
I'd jack the beast up using the 2-jack method. First of all jack the car up using the GTV's own jack and jack points. Go as high as you can.
Take the wheel off and stick your regular jack underneath the subrame by the wishbone pivot mount (not on the wishbone itself.. but if you must, at the subframe end under the pivot)
Jack it up high enough to be able to stick an axle stand under the jack point (Alfa jack should be "limp" and come out by this stage).
Lower the car carefully onto the axle stand.
It'll prevent damage to the car if you tape some cardboard to the axle-stand saddle. Place the axle stand so that one of the corners (feet) is pointing outwards (perpendicular to the car).
This method saves lifting the car by the subframe apart from the last few inches.
Then do the same on the other side. Go slow, so the weight is trasnferred to the axle stand on the other side slowly. Once you have two axle stands fitted, it'll be well stable.. so do the other end of the car in the same way.
Just go careful and use the jacking points in preference to any other point, except when you switch between using the jack point for jacking to axle-stands. It can sit like that forever..
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