How to get your car jacked up without a lift
I can’t afford a scissor lift, or a real lift, so the first thing I had to do was create some cribs to get the van high enough off the ground for me to comfortably get under there. Cribbing is a technique used by many a hot rodder, not just to act as a jack stand, but also to extend the height of other jackstands. I used some scrap 2x4’s to cut and make a prototype to add an extra 9” to my Prolift jack stands. I actually really like these stands and ended up buying two more.
Then I ran down to Home Depot and bought a bunch more with some wood screws. I cut the 2x4”s into two different sizes that would be big enough for the Prolift jacks to safely sit on top of. Then I screwed the pieces together using an alternating screw pattern. After putting them together I made sure to test the strength of each of the cribs.
Then comes the slow process of getting the car up high enough to even use the cribs. I basically went from the front of the car to the back and lifted in 1-2” increments until I could put the cribs under the jack stands. They work great! They’re very secure, I made sure to try and shake the van off the stands as hard as I could but it wouldn’t budge so we were good to go.