w108,107 Parts Hoarder
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500sl92 GONE:280sl79 4xW114/5 3x450sl72-3 280slc4sp81 280s69 73,81SLCs
Location: Philadelphia Area
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How to jack up and support car safely?
On a 107/114/115 I use the following jack points.
Primary support point: Jack stands (or lift pads) under the frame rails as close to the firewall as I can safely get them.
If I need the front suspension compressed, I add jack stands to the lower control arms, I think close to where the shocks mount, but mostly the trick is finding a spot where the jack stand is on a flat section where it won't be inclined to slip out to the side.
As either an additional safety support, or a temporary jacking point, a floor/trolly jack under the center of the subframe (when padded with something like a block of wood to assure I don't bend it, unless it's a crap parts car).
Primary support point: rear subframe mounts where that big bolt goes through the 4" round disk. Nice big spot you can easily use as a primary support point.
Again, you can jack the control arms if you need the suspension up.
As an extra safety support or temporary jacking point, I use the differential with a block of wood.
I have a scissor lift, for which I have had to build some ramps that I drive my car up onto so the lift doesn't hit the underside of the car. They only get the car 4" off the ground, but do the job. It is constructed of a 2x4 exterior frame, primarily two 2x4s on the outside of a 12" wide plank of 3/4" plywood. I added sideways 2x4 and 4x4 supports where the tires permanently sit on the wood or the tires get dropped onto it when the car is lowered. Greg Smith Equipment here in the US sells scissor lifts for only $1500. (I got mine used for $500.)
My dream car is a classic sporty five speed (stick+overdrive) convertible that seats five. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.
Last edited by Fonzi; 08-18-2015 at 05:06 AM.