Pintch Weld Tool

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I made this tool this afternoon to jack up both of my Fusions with my hyd floor jack. I had to alter the top piece which came from an old scissor jack.
 
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Thanks. I have several tools I have had to make over the years of which some are obsolete, but I just hang on to them as a collection.
 
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Thanks. I have several tools I have had to make over the years of which some are obsolete, but I just hang on to them as a collection.
Let us see them, I love home made tools. I would love to make one for my car, from what I understand they are pretty much model specific. The one thing I hate about jacking at the pinch welds (I use my car's jack to get the car up, then slide a jack under the subframe or control arm mount) is that it seems to cut through the undercoating there. Not a huge deal but the front jacking point behind the front wheel well is the #1 spot for poorly maintained cars to rust. Eventually you cannot jack there if you have a rustbucket, and damaging the undercoating there will make it worse.
 
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Nice job. For people considering making one, you should look at how the factory Jack engages the pinch weld. Maybe go to junk yard and buy a factory Jack to cut the pinch weld adapter off.
 

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I'm sure it'll work.
It does work well. I tried it today and it functions very well.
 
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I am NOT pointing out anyone in particular, but I do not understand why some members of this forum insist on using the pinch weld as a jack point with a floor jack. I have been working on cars (routine/unscheduled maintenance, heavy modifications) for ~20 years on a wide variety of vehicles and can't remember the last time I jacked on a pinch weld. Perhaps never. I built a set of very simple ramps that I drive my lowered vehicles on to access the frame/subframe jack points. To each his own I guess.
 

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Originally Posted By: TurboTravis
I am NOT pointing out anyone in particular, but I do not understand why some members of this forum insist on using the pinch weld as a jack point with a floor jack. I have been working on cars (routine/unscheduled maintenance, heavy modifications) for ~20 years on a wide variety of vehicles and can't remember the last time I jacked on a pinch weld. Perhaps never. I built a set of very simple ramps that I drive my lowered vehicles on to access the frame/subframe jack points. To each his own I guess.
You ain't seen it all. My 2017 Fusion has a cover under the body of the car and you can't find a suitable jack point other than the pinch weld. Also my 2007 Fusion has a good place to jack the front but not the back of the car, so again the pinch weld works great. Also I have ramps to, but when I rotate tires I need to be able to jack the car up.
 
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After jacking up thousands of vehicles for installing tires, all I can say is sometimes you have to get creative. I have lifted many vehicles using a something other than the "official" jack points. It might be a sturdy part of the frame, or even an A-arm. There are many ways to do it, and so many other issues, like air suspension, etc. It's crazy anymore without obvious jack points like some cars have. I have seen some older Toyota's for example, with jack points that you could get the whole car in the air with 3 floor jacks. 2 floor jacks are a minimum for most car maintenance. And, usually no dedicated pinch weld adaptors. I just use a wood pad on my floor jack saddles for most stuff, or a hockey puck as needed, which do not need a groove either. Just the weight of the car will make it's own groove.
 
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: TurboTravis
I am NOT pointing out anyone in particular, but I do not understand why some members of this forum insist on using the pinch weld as a jack point with a floor jack. I have been working on cars (routine/unscheduled maintenance, heavy modifications) for ~20 years on a wide variety of vehicles and can't remember the last time I jacked on a pinch weld. Perhaps never. I built a set of very simple ramps that I drive my lowered vehicles on to access the frame/subframe jack points. To each his own I guess.
You ain't seen it all. My 2017 Fusion has a cover under the body of the car and you can't find a suitable jack point other than the pinch weld. Also my 2007 Fusion has a good place to jack the front but not the back of the car, so again the pinch weld works great. Also I have ramps to, but when I rotate tires I need to be able to jack the car up.
Do you put the pinch welds on jack stands too?
 
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Metal on metal, not good. Scratches, chipping, paint loss, etc = rust. Anything that protects and cushions is better.............. wood, hockey puck, etc.
 
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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
Originally Posted By: tig1
Originally Posted By: TurboTravis
I am NOT pointing out anyone in particular, but I do not understand why some members of this forum insist on using the pinch weld as a jack point with a floor jack. I have been working on cars (routine/unscheduled maintenance, heavy modifications) for ~20 years on a wide variety of vehicles and can't remember the last time I jacked on a pinch weld. Perhaps never. I built a set of very simple ramps that I drive my lowered vehicles on to access the frame/subframe jack points. To each his own I guess.
You ain't seen it all. My 2017 Fusion has a cover under the body of the car and you can't find a suitable jack point other than the pinch weld. Also my 2007 Fusion has a good place to jack the front but not the back of the car, so again the pinch weld works great. Also I have ramps to, but when I rotate tires I need to be able to jack the car up.
Do you put the pinch welds on jack stands too?
Yes.
 
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