Originally Posted by nectoxicdragon
My HL is 35 years old as of my last birthday. And it is heavily used... this year I sand blasted the bugger and repainted it to make it look factory new. It's been used in rescue operations on the highway when waiting for the JOL would have cost the lives of motorists when volunteer firefighters were on scene before the equipment, trail recovery, tire repairs in breaking beads, seating beads, clamping metal for welding in the field, even splitting wood for the campfire when a full sized axe was lacking due to a broken handle (beware of who uses your gear and make sure they know what they are doing). The bottom line is knowing what you can do with the tools you have. Just like you modifying the jack screw slot, puts limits on what is needed to use the jack, making a bolt that fits the slot would allow the impact gun to do the same thing without imposing limits, The high lift is a jack that doesn't arbitrarily limit it's uses like a bottle jack does.
actually that is what i did-- grind a bolt flat on two sides and insert into the slot. Works well. Sure, i keep a well maintained HL on both the CJ and daily driver. Only REALLY needed 2x in many years of wheeling. And those two times is saved the day. Multi-tool, yes indeed. But we usually have something else to do the job.
Sadly, most times on a run when some rig needs a HL, its all dried out then someone has to hunt up some WD40 or ? to make it work. It should be maintained to work every time and you do not need another tool to make it function. Sometimes seconds count.
While we're on the topic, for Pete';s sake, amazing how much hand wringing over a jack mounting location. Not you, but the thread in general. Mount it up and go. Its not rocket science.
hope not a repost--am getting old-- but we saved an IH from being left behind-- HL expanded front clip and kept fan out of radiator. Cadillac Hill, Rubicon.
that POs was a real pile. he had a strap across the diesel engine. Q: how break motor mount? A: aww. it was broken before we left for the trail
but, go prepared, right? those jethros had a lot of tools byut no common sense. We saved their bacon but it cost their bottle of makers mark, LOL