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Old 03-24-2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default Green USA-made floor jack...missing post?

The other day I saw a post about someone who had bought a used green-painted floor jack, and wondered if it might be made in Japan. Seems they had heard that a bunch of floor jacks were made in Japan years ago, and painted green. But I thought I recognized his jack, and went out to the garage the next day and took a photo or two. But now I cannot find that post. Did anyone else see it?

Anyway, I was right, I think. His floor jack looks just like mine, right down to the same shade of metallic green paint. But I bought mine brand new in about 1975, right off a Snap On truck. I told the driver that I really needed a good floor jack for use at home, but didn't have a lot of money. He sold me a green and yellow "AJAX" floor jack, and confided in me that it was really just a Walker brand jack, sold by another brand name so Walker could be price-competitive without undermining the value of their Walker brand jacks (Walkers were painted blue at the time, with identical yellow handles).

Here is a pic of my old Ajax:


My jack doesn't work anymore. I think it only needs to be refilled, but the fill plug on this one was originally made of plastic, and it shattered and fell off while a friend was borrowing it (my handle also got bent. Sigh. ). So now I need to find a brass fitting to plug it with, and fill it with hydraulic oil and see if it works or not.


I've used this old jack for many years, on hot rods, race cars, antiques, lawn tractors, and...well, just about everything. So I am determined to keep it.
In this photo you can see the hole where the plastic fill plug was. (Just below the hooked end of the spring).


You can still sorta read the old "AJAX" decal on the top. But there has been a lot of work done on and around this old jack, and it's been scarred up a bit over the years.


Here is the view from underneath.


I wish I could find that other post. It would have been cool to share my story about this old jack with whoever that poster was, to give him some insight about his own new jack.

Do any of you guys have similar Ajax floor jacks? Is this jack truly just a Walker with different paint color?

Hiball...what can you tell me...if you don't mind?
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Green USA-made floor jack...missing post?

It's not this one, is it?

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ight=blackhawk
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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No, but thanks for trying to help. The other thread featured a headline with something about "green jack" and "is it made in Japan?"

I couldn't find it. Who knows? It's late, and I've got to turn in, but tomorrow I'll post pix of my dad's old Blackhawk SJ-2 floor jack. Someone on YOUR thread about the Blackhawk hydraulic equipment catalog asked to see pix of my jack, but I failed to read that until today.

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Old 08-24-2015, 11:39 AM   #4
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The other day I saw a post about someone who had bought a used green-painted floor jack, and wondered if it might be made in Japan. Seems they had heard that a bunch of floor jacks were made in Japan years ago, and painted green. But I thought I recognized his jack, and went out to the garage the next day and took a photo or two. But now I cannot find that post. Did anyone else see it?

Anyway, I was right, I think. His floor jack looks just like mine, right down to the same shade of metallic green paint. But I bought mine brand new in about 1975, right off a Snap On truck. I told the driver that I really needed a good floor jack for use at home, but didn't have a lot of money. He sold me a green and yellow "AJAX" floor jack, and confided in me that it was really just a Walker brand jack, sold by another brand name so Walker could be price-competitive without undermining the value of their Walker brand jacks (Walkers were painted blue at the time, with identical yellow handles).

Here is a pic of my old Ajax:


My jack doesn't work anymore. I think it only needs to be refilled, but the fill plug on this one was originally made of plastic, and it shattered and fell off while a friend was borrowing it (my handle also got bent. Sigh. ). So now I need to find a brass fitting to plug it with, and fill it with hydraulic oil and see if it works or not.


I've used this old jack for many years, on hot rods, race cars, antiques, lawn tractors, and...well, just about everything. So I am determined to keep it.
In this photo you can see the hole where the plastic fill plug was. (Just below the hooked end of the spring).


You can still sorta read the old "AJAX" decal on the top. But there has been a lot of work done on and around this old jack, and it's been scarred up a bit over the years.


Here is the view from underneath.


I wish I could find that other post. It would have been cool to share my story about this old jack with whoever that poster was, to give him some insight about his own new jack.

Do any of you guys have similar Ajax floor jacks? Is this jack truly just a Walker with different paint color?

Hiball...what can you tell me...if you don't mind?
I own the exact same green Ajax jack. It is a Walker J121. I bought a rebuild kit for it, a number of years back. I have never heard the story about low cost branding before and I bought mine from an independent Mopar parts distributor that also sold some tools. I guess it could be true. You should be able to get the broken part. There are people selling repair parts for the J121 and similar J122.
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Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just felt like updating it. I got the part I need, added fluid, tried bleeding it, etc, and eventually realized that it needed a total overhaul. Since I had bought it new off a Snap-On truck back-in-the-day when I was a street-racing mechanic-trainee, it holds a lot of sentimental value for me. Indeed, if it could tell stories...it has lifted many premium muscle cars, but when they were just used cars, plus street rods, race cars, etc, etc. I LOVE this old floor jack.

I got it back from the shop the other day, and it works like brand new.
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Old 01-09-2016, 08:16 AM   #6
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I have a Sears made in Japan jack that is the same color, only difference is the handle is white. Bought it in the 70's, it is a top quality jack, has seen tons of use, doesn't owe me a dime.
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Search through my posts, I had inquired about repairing my Sears green jack. There was some good advice posted. Just have not had the time to fix it. Great jack and will be back on the line soon.
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:17 PM   #8
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I have that old Ajax and had it rebuilt many years ago. It has the original sticker that says Ajax J139 and an added sticker that says rebuilt with genuine Walker parts. I have been talking to someone that thinks his green one, branded MOPAR is the same jack, too.

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I have that old Ajax and had it rebuilt many years ago. It has the original sticker that says Ajax J139 and an added sticker that says rebuilt with genuine Walker parts. I have been talking to someone that thinks his green one, branded MOPAR is the same jack, too.

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Just for clarification, No the Mopar branded HW is not the same as the Ajax Walker models, the only similarities is the color, which is a different shade.
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Just for clarification, No the Mopar branded HW is not the same as the Ajax Walker models, the only similarities is the color, which is a different shade.
I hope he sees your post. I referred him to the Walker rebuild post. I hope he sees that it is not his jack.

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