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#4689572 - 03/09/18 12:04 PM Reminiscing about bumper jacks
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Registered: 03/17/08
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How many of you old school drivers remember and prefer the old bumper Jacks?
I think they worked faster than the scissor Jacks but more dangerous. I loved the clicking noise!
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#4689575 - 03/09/18 12:05 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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I remember them, dangerous POS they were, don't miss em.
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#4689577 - 03/09/18 12:08 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Bumper jacks were OK to change a tire, but not really much else. Of course they have not been of any use now for many years, as cars don't have a bumper to use them on. I loved cars with real bumpers that you could actually BUMP something with with no damage. Don't get me started on bumpers.
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#4689580 - 03/09/18 12:10 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Never preferred them. I saw them kick out more than once.
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#4689582 - 03/09/18 12:11 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
4WD Offline


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6554
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: ZZman
How many of you old school drivers remember and prefer the old bumper Jacks?
I think they worked faster than the scissor Jacks but more dangerous. I loved the clicking noise!


Factory were flimsy ~ but (back then) we got out of several jams with a HiLift jack on pipe bumpers ~
Finally gave away that 35 year old jack in October …

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#4689583 - 03/09/18 12:12 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: old1]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4641
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Originally Posted By: old1
Bumper jacks were OK to change a tire, but not really much else. Of course they have not been of any use now for many years, as cars don't have a bumper to use them on. I loved cars with real bumpers that you could actually BUMP something with with no damage. Don't get me started on bumpers.



Right on. Cars back then were tanks compared to today’s cars. Playing baseball in the street meant hitting a car now and then. No mark or anything. Today’s cars would have several hundred dollars in damage from a baseball hitting it.

Used to be able to sit on the hood too. Not anymore.
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#4689588 - 03/09/18 12:21 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: old1]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3484
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Originally Posted By: old1
Bumper jacks were OK to change a tire, but not really much else. Of course they have not been of any use now for many years, as cars don't have a bumper to use them on. I loved cars with real bumpers that you could actually BUMP something with with no damage. Don't get me started on bumpers.
My first car, a 1954 Ford Customline, had nice heavy bumpers that collected a fair share of dings and dents which were of no real concern. Today, bumper "covers" get a crease and it's $$$.I did put a very noticeable dent in front bumper cover last summer. Parked the vehicle in another location, and when I returned from shopping, the Sun had heated the cover up and dent was gone.

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#4689589 - 03/09/18 12:24 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: PimTac]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18302
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Originally Posted By: old1
Bumper jacks were OK to change a tire, but not really much else. Of course they have not been of any use now for many years, as cars don't have a bumper to use them on. I loved cars with real bumpers that you could actually BUMP something with with no damage. Don't get me started on bumpers.



Right on. Cars back then were tanks compared to today’s cars. Playing baseball in the street meant hitting a car now and then. No mark or anything. Today’s cars would have several hundred dollars in damage from a baseball hitting it.

Used to be able to sit on the hood too. Not anymore.


I remember that really well!! We'd play kickball out in the street and of course someone's parents' car would get nailed with the ball. Not even a single mark. The kids who weren't playing would be sitting on the hood. Not even a hint of damage.

Anyone remember the days of getting the ball stuck in the tree,at the very top of course haha.
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#4689594 - 03/09/18 12:34 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 07/03/05
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Loc: NY
Dangerous garbage. I had one I took to the scrap yard with some rotors and other junk I had in the garage.
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#4689605 - 03/09/18 01:01 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 03/18/11
Posts: 389
Loc: new jersey
Remember them well. Used them often without issue. Didn't have radials back then so flats occurred more often.


Edited by hemitruck (03/09/18 01:01 PM)

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#4689638 - 03/09/18 01:46 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: hemitruck]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5443
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Bumper jacks had lifting cradles (adapters?) which were curved and had a catch tang or lip.

I remember when they (GM?) went to the tang design where a small stubby blade hooked into a slot in the bumper.

I "love" (as in, smirk at) the 48" version Harbor Freight calls the Farm Jack which some Off roaders keep mounted at the base of their windshields.

So butch.

My Dad had a screw driven bi=pod jack from his De Soto. I used it to remove the uprights of a split-rail fence. Just cranked them up and out of the ground.

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#4689640 - 03/09/18 01:47 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 12/11/09
Posts: 713
Loc: Battle Creek, MI
Really useful on a farm. More than once I remember needing to jack up a chisel that partially sunk into the ground and wouldn't hook up to the 3 point hitch without a little "lift." Gonna need a bunch of blocks if think you are going to make a bottle/floor/scissor lift work.
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#4689684 - 03/09/18 02:45 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: SVTCobra]
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Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 8614
Loc: Virginia Beach
Originally Posted By: SVTCobra
Really useful on a farm. More than once I remember needing to jack up a chisel that partially sunk into the ground and wouldn't hook up to the 3 point hitch without a little "lift." Gonna need a bunch of blocks if think you are going to make a bottle/floor/scissor lift work.


Or, when your car breaks through the ice and drops into a hidden ditch on the side of a dirt road, miles from the nearest phone.

Jack that baby up as far as it'll go, then kick the jack over, moving that end of car up out of the ditch, and two feet closer to the center of the "Road". Repeat as needed until you're unstuck.

Can't do that with a scissor jack!

But I have a cellphone and AAA theses days, so...
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#4689699 - 03/09/18 02:57 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10086
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
The Firebird in my signature has one in the trunk. I' ve never removed it.
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#4689720 - 03/09/18 03:29 PM Re: Reminiscing about bumper jacks [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12399
Loc: The Motor City
I still have a car with a bumper jack. I never use it. I don't like how much the bumper moves upward when I use it... probably something ready to snap.

I now keep a bottle jack in the trunk. The bumper jack stays in the garage.

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