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Could someone with an original jack post the specs/measurements and any pertinent stamping that would help identify a correct jack. Or if someone if aware of an on-line resource (or book) that does the same, that would likewise be helpful.

The OFS covers jacks, locations and mounting, but doesn't give the details to know if that ebay or flea market find is the correct one, since some sellers go by the trunk that they took it from, or can't identify them.

If anyone has one available at a reasonable cost, I'd be interested.
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:00 PM
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If you find one, donīt use it. You will bend the bumpers....
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:42 PM
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hi Ken

If you give me a couple days, I have a jack I got out of a 58 that was being junked and I will take photos and get all numbers off of it.

Just promise us that if and when you find one, you never actually allow it to come in contact with the bumpers... !

My guess is that the jack is somewhat generic but that the curved part is designed to fit the TBird bumpers precisely. But that's a guess...

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Correct Bird jack from an old eBay auction:


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the base part number isB8A-17088-A

and the base should be stamped AJ-C

hope that helps a bit
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John you are somewhat correct. The " J HOOK" as the curved part is called was designed specifically for these types of bumpers. I remember my father had a 58 buick with a similar jack, to handle the massive weight of these boats. It looks very feable but under load, is actually a very good system.

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[quote=GTE427;22491]The OFS covers jacks, locations and mounting, but doesn't give the details to know if that ebay or flea market find is the correct one, since some sellers go by the trunk that they took it from, or can't identify them.
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I beg to differ. Look at page G4-10 of VTCI's '58-'60 OFS revised 6/21/07. Not only is there a description of what codes are stamped into the jack base, there are also illustrations and photo captions describing the difference between a T-bird and Lincoln jack base, which I found in a Lincoln service bulletin from the period and made sure were included in the OFS specifically to help in ID'ing jacks. There are also several good photos of an orignal jack I documented in an unrestored '58 hardtop with 50,000 miles to use for identification.
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Yes, the OFS described the jack base very well with stampings and the comparison to the Lincoln, that was very helpful. No offense was meant, the OFS is valuable source of information and I refer to it often.
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