My car requires a maintenance procedure that makes it necessary to raise the car off of the floor, but also to keep it level. A set of ramps supports the front wheels. I made a set of jack stands to support the rear of the car at just the right height for the car to be level. The floor jack in the photo was used only to place the jack stands.
Step 1: Take a reading with a level
I opened the door and took a reading with a level to note the position of the bubble.
Step 2: Raise and level the car
I raised the front of the car with ramps. I raised the rear of the car with the floor jack seen in the Introduction photo until the bubble on the level rested in the same place as in Step 1. I measured from the factory designated jack point to the floor to determine the height my jack stands needed to be.
Most jack stands are adjustable for height. I need my jack stands for a specific purpose and decided to simplify making them by making them a fixed height with no adjustment.
Step 3: Prepare tubing
I bought some 3 1/2 inch steel tubing at a junk yard. It is at least 3/16 of an inch thick, so it is very sturdy. I marked and made three slits around the circumference of the tubes. The slits are equa-distant from one another to divide the circumference in thirds. Each slit is a little longer than the leg portion of the finished jack stand. Because the tubes had been cut with a cutting torch at the junk yard, I would need to do some trimming and needed a little extra length for that.