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    Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    OK, this is where the adventure starts on the repair process of the car. Got a call from the adjuster while I was in Spokane instructing me on what to do next. Have to get the car to the body shop and instruct them to do a rear off to inspect for hidden damage. Will get that done this week and will be using a body shop in Englewood. Whether I repair the diff or not depends on the cost and making sure the cost does not exceed the totaled cost. Was thinking about it last night and realized I wont be able to jack up the rear of the car due to the broken diff housing arm. Has to be done by the rear pinch weld jacking points preferably using two jacks but wont be able to use the jack stands at those points. A lift would solve the problem though but not in my garage. Stay tuned.
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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Bernie, I have a pair of hybrid jacking stands that would work if you need them:

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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    what? I try to avoid using the diff housing as a jacking point. It's much easier to lift the car from the center of the pinch welds. No struggle whatsoever.


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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent☣Orange View Post
    Bernie, I have a pair of hybrid jacking stand that would work if you need them:

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    Wow, that's the ticket. If I wind up doing this job I am going to need those.
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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Quote Originally Posted by clownheart View Post
    what? I try to avoid using the diff housing as a jacking point. It's much easier to lift the car from the center of the pinch welds. No struggle whatsoever.
    The diff is a true jacking point and the whole car can be lifted evenly with one jack.
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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Place the jack on the rear subframe instead of the diff

    we never use the diff as a lift point. It is aluminum with rubber mounts. Not the sturdiest thing to be using.

    we also lift the entire car with one jack on the pinch weld, then place two jack stands under it. I like to use the mirror as a reference point. My boss hates it and wants the jack right under the fender as its the thickest part of the uni-body.

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    Woooowww that´s a cool JACK!

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    Car going to body shop today. AAA picking it up to two to Englewood.
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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Is the shop going to fix everything? You said it was $575 away from being totaled so does that mean you’re doing some of the work yourself? Did you remove your UK “MX-5” badge? Did you ask the body shop about painting your front bumper in the attic?

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    Re: Minuteman's car restoration blog.

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent☣Orange View Post
    Is the shop going to fix everything? You said it was $575 away from being totaled so does that mean you’re doing some of the work yourself? Did you remove your UK “MX-5” badge? Did you ask the body shop about painting your front bumper in the attic?
    Don't know, don't know, no, no.

    Now I have other problems. Up to this time the car ran flawlessly. Went to start it up and cranked normally for about 2 seconds then made a strange noise. Tried again and it cranked faster than normal and don't have s clue what happened. Did not have time to troubleshoot because the tow truck was waiting for me. Did smell some gas so maybe ignition module failed. Just don't know. Have to wait now.
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