The OEM Volvo mono post jack that came with the 142 had long ago disappeared and I had for years kept a small bottle jack in the back which kind of clunked around in the trunk (and leaked oil) when I hit bumps or went around corners quickly. The small base and pad on the piston also made using the jack a little dicey on anything less than a flat paved surface. After seeing the small scissors jack in my son's RSX and the foam holder it was in, I decided that a scissors jack lifted from some foreign car might make a suitable addition for the 142 to deal with flat tires. I believe that some of the Acura's or Lexus models also had a scissors jack made from aluminum which would be a nice touch. To this end I headed off to the local pick and pull which currently has about 100 imports on its lot. They turn cars over fairly quickly. A car stays on the lot for about 6 months and after that, what remains heads over to the steel mill conveniently located next door.
I started working through the rows of cars. I did not find jacks in any of the cars that I could get the trunk open on (or that did not have the trunks already open), which I though odd. I headed back to the yard office and asked the guy behind the desk what was up with the jacks. He said they remove them when the cars come in and normally they put them on the shelf in the office for sale; but, currently they were all sold out. I am missing something. Is there a collector market for scissors jacks someplace, or do people forget them on the side of the road when they do a flat fix or do they break them when they try doing something silly with them? Of all the salvage items that would be in demand off of wrecked cars, the scissors jack was not what I would expect. I thought most of the jacks would just end up going with the car over to the steel mill.
Clearly I will have to revise my search process for a suitable jack. Maybe troll the highways looking for jacks abandoned on the side of the road?