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Old 05-06-2005, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
Richard
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I Bent my Baby

I was backing up onto ramps and at about half way up the traction between
the wheels and the ramps exceeded the friction coefficient between the ramps
and the concrete floor. You guessed it. The ramps literally shot forward to
about the back edge of the doors with the rear wheels hanging just off the
ground. No obvious damage except for some scraps and dents on the underside
of the side rails. Get the floor jack out and jack up the car to remove the
ramps. So far so good. As I had the drivers door open while I was backing up
I now go to close it and discover to my horror that the door latch and
striker are at good 3/16" out of alignment. I've lowered the striker plate
so I can close the door but now I'm wondering if I need to take my baby in
to see how much the chassis is out of alignment. That seems to me to be a
pretty big shift in the rear quarter of the car. Damn it's always something.
I'm beginning to think that "Murphy" lives at my house.

BTW, for those who responded to my earlier question about the a/c clutch not
engaging it turns out that the a/c cycling switch was faulty. Discovered
this when I tapped the switch and the clutch engaged but would cut out until
I tapped it again. Cheap fix at $20.

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Richard

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Old 05-07-2005, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: I Bent my Baby

"Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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>I was backing up onto ramps and at about half way up the traction between
> the wheels and the ramps exceeded the friction coefficient between the
> ramps
> and the concrete floor. You guessed it. The ramps literally shot forward
> to
> about the back edge of the doors with the rear wheels hanging just off the
> ground. No obvious damage except for some scraps and dents on the
> underside
> of the side rails. Get the floor jack out and jack up the car to remove
> the
> ramps. So far so good. As I had the drivers door open while I was backing
> up
> I now go to close it and discover to my horror that the door latch and
> striker are at good 3/16" out of alignment. I've lowered the striker plate
> so I can close the door but now I'm wondering if I need to take my baby in
> to see how much the chassis is out of alignment. That seems to me to be a
> pretty big shift in the rear quarter of the car. Damn it's always
> something.
> I'm beginning to think that "Murphy" lives at my house.
>
> BTW, for those who responded to my earlier question about the a/c clutch
> not
> engaging it turns out that the a/c cycling switch was faulty. Discovered
> this when I tapped the switch and the clutch engaged but would cut out
> until
> I tapped it again. Cheap fix at $20.
>
> --
> Richard
>
> '94 GT 'vert
> Under Drive Pulleys
> Transgo HD2 Reprogramming Kit
> High Stall Torque Converter
> 4:10 Gears
> Gripp Sub Frame Connectors (welded)
> FRPP Aluminum Drive shaft
> FRPP M5400-A Suspension
> Laser Red
>
>

This happened to me when I had a Ford Focus ZX3. I was going to change oil.
I had a manual trans. and during pulling forward on to the ramps, I managed
to shoot the ramps back under the doors on both sides. It flattened out the
raised seam where the sheet metal ends came together and welded, but no
other harm. I may be wrong but 3/16" doesn't seem too bad unless the door
now has very small clearance in some areas.
John


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Old 05-07-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: I Bent my Baby

You may think this sounds insane, but it may work.
Open the door all the way, grab the end of it at the bottom and yank UP.

It may pull it back into alignment.
If not, then take it to a shop.

And people at car washes wonder why I threaten to carve the skin off their
balls if they try to drive my car with the door open......


Good luck!

--
Kate

"It's just a couple of greased up broads on a Chevy! Get over it!"
Mrs. Foreman


"Richard" <r-manders@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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|I was backing up onto ramps and at about half way up the traction between
| the wheels and the ramps exceeded the friction coefficient between the
ramps
| and the concrete floor. You guessed it. The ramps literally shot forward
to
| about the back edge of the doors with the rear wheels hanging just off the
| ground. No obvious damage except for some scraps and dents on the
underside
| of the side rails. Get the floor jack out and jack up the car to remove
the
| ramps. So far so good. As I had the drivers door open while I was backing
up
| I now go to close it and discover to my horror that the door latch and
| striker are at good 3/16" out of alignment. I've lowered the striker plate
| so I can close the door but now I'm wondering if I need to take my baby in
| to see how much the chassis is out of alignment. That seems to me to be a
| pretty big shift in the rear quarter of the car. Damn it's always
something.
| I'm beginning to think that "Murphy" lives at my house.
|
| BTW, for those who responded to my earlier question about the a/c clutch
not
| engaging it turns out that the a/c cycling switch was faulty. Discovered
| this when I tapped the switch and the clutch engaged but would cut out
until
| I tapped it again. Cheap fix at $20.
|
| --
| Richard
|
| '94 GT 'vert
| Under Drive Pulleys
| Transgo HD2 Reprogramming Kit
| High Stall Torque Converter
| 4:10 Gears
| Gripp Sub Frame Connectors (welded)
| FRPP Aluminum Drive shaft
| FRPP M5400-A Suspension
| Laser Red
|
|


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Old 05-07-2005, 17:01   #4 (permalink)
RichA
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>This happened to me when I had a Ford Focus ZX3. I was going to change oil.
>I had a manual trans. and during pulling forward on to the ramps, I managed
>to shoot the ramps back under the doors on both sides. It flattened out the
>raised seam where the sheet metal ends came together and welded, but no
>other harm. I may be wrong but 3/16" doesn't seem too bad unless the door
>now has very small clearance in some areas.
>John
>


I was using crappy jackstands (hollow legs) and they sunk into the
pavement. I had to pry them out. All they would have had to do
was weld some small plates on the bottom of the legs.
-Rich

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