The Jack on our Airflyte stopped working a few days from home on our 4,200 mile trip. The good news is that the jack is "up", but the crank just turns and turns. I'd like to keep the original foil shaped tube so I'm hoping it's something that I can fix, perhaps with parts form the VTS jack as noted in other jack threads.
Does anyone have photo's of what's inside and/or any tips that I should keep in mind before I rip into it?
If the jack handle goes in horizontally there is set of beveled gears in there and a shear pin. The pin may have broken and need to be replaced. In an emergency use anything that fits in there. If the jack handle goes vertically through the center then there is a ball nut welded to the top of the tube and possibly the welds broke. It will have to be rewelded. Where are you that you are 4200 miles away? I am just curious being from East Rochester you are somewhere 4250 miles away from us! Have a safe trip home! BTW...I am a welder by trade so if you have any questions or need help when you get back just ask...Alan
Last Edit: Oct 11, 2010 23:34:05 GMT -5 by waywardho
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Vertically through the center, I guess I'll just have to figure out how to get it apart to look at it.
Been home for a while! The trip was a 4,200 mile loop from Buffalo to Colorado, then up to S. Dakota and back home. So currently only 50 miles away from you. Come spring we will have keep in touch about any vintage rallies in the region. We've been at the TCT NE rally the last two years, also a couple of small ones.
When mine was broken, all of the threads inside the ball nut were gone. I installed new innards, but didn't get the part that kept the inner post from spinning welded in properly. So it works, but sometimes the inner post spins. I have since received a nice replacement from Distant75, but have yet to install it.
JoeK '61 16' Airflyte
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