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Hi

apologies for a basic novice question.

Where is it safe to jack a spider with a trolley jack and put chassis stands - the diff is alloy - will this support the car. (Usually jack the rear of live axle cars on the diff - but they tend not to be alloy). I assume the stands can go under the axle tubes.

What about the front - The front cross member looks ok for jacking - but what about the stands?

Car is a 1969 spider.

thanks in advance

Jonathan
 

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Hello Jonathan, welcome to AlfaBB.com! No apologies needed.

I use a rubber attachment with my floor jack. I then jack up my GTV by the rear differential and the front cross member. I use the jack points (located under the rocker panels) to rest the car on jack stands.

If your jack points are rusted out I suppose you could use the axle and front cross member/lower A arms instead. If you can not locate a rubber jack attachment then I'd think that a wood block would suffice.

This rubber jack attachment can be found at www.HarborFreight.com for $9.99.
 

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Hi folks... I have an '84 SPider... sigh... real novice question for me... tonight I bought a set of Jack Stands... I use the normal slot jack... jack it up... but nothing underneath really looks great to place the jack stands under (anyone got a photo?)... now, to show how really novice I am... I don't know what a Cross Member or an A-Arm is??? Under my car I see what looks to me like a bunch of "I" beam "pieces" (made me think of a solid leaf spring)... not sure if they will hold it up either? Again, if anyone has a photo of where the jack stands can go... man, I'd greatly appreciate it and someday will learn what the cross member is and an "A-Arm" etc... for now... I just feel plain dumb. Thanks folks.
 

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Hey WIP, don't feel bad...we all started where you are! The front crossmember usually runs underneath the engine, is perpendicular to the rocker panels, and cradles the engine. The lower a-arms are the suspension parts that link the wheels to the shock/strut lower attachment points. This is a greatly simplified explanation, but I hope it helps. Good luck!

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(click for larger picture)

yellow - primary lift points

blue - The front cross-member and the rear control arm can be used when additional ground clearance is required. They should NOT be used to support the weight of the car.

red - The areas should be avoided when lifting, particularly the longitudinal that houses the fuel supply and return lines.

credit to whoever made the pdf
 
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