Prima Jacks

Database For Vintage and Classic Lucas Vehicle Jacks

This database is for vintage and classic Prima vehicle jacks.  Many of the photos and comments have been gleaned from Ebay and other sites.  I would be pleased to add photos and comments from anyone who has information on these jacks.  Contact Me

Please note that this information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I make no claims about authority on this subject. Use your own discretion when evaluating the accuracy of the information.

The values are normally taken from auction sites world-wide, but exclude postage.

Request to vendors: Please feel free to use the information from these databases in your adverts. An acknowledgement of the source would be most welcome. However, please do not twist any of the information. Where I say along the lines: 'May be for car X' please make this clear in your advert. An altered statement saying: 'It is for car X' will create false facts and misinformation. If you know for certainty a jack's heritage please contact me so that I can amend the entry. Thank you.

Last updated 07 August 2017.

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Screw Jacks followed by Hydraulic and Side Lift

 

 

 

Prima 4 Ton

Description:

The jack is 7" retracted and 18" extended. Cast 833 PRIMA GREAT BRITAIN 4 TON.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Prima 5 Ton - 1

Description:

The jack is 5 ton. It is labelled PRIMA INDUSTRIES LTD DUDLEY 5 TON JACK 6/STORES/22525/C.B.21.(c) . It is a tall jack, measuring 26" extended. Military use. No other details known.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

26.00 paid on UK Ebay 12 February 2014

160.00 paid on UK Ebay 24 March 2014

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 24 July 2016 - NH

21.00 paid on UK Ebay 31 July 2016 - NH

  

 

 

 

 

 

Prima 5 Ton - 2

Description:

The jack is 5 ton. It is labelled PRIMA INDUSTRIES LTD DUDLEY. Its base measures 6" x 6". It is 6.5" retracted and 12" extended.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

6.50 paid on UK Ebay 10 February 2014

 

 

 

 

Prima Ford Y Type

Description:

No details known other than cast with PRIMA REGD DESIGN No.768705 B'HAM on the base (patent registered 31 December 1928).  The final 4 pictures appear to be from the jack minus its jacking saddle and extension. Photos courtesy of Gary Herzig.

Applicable Vehicles:

Ford Y Type (Ford 8) - 1930s.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown.

Year Dates Noted:

1932 to 1937

Value:

29.00 paid on UK Ebay 29 January 2014

5.00 paid on UK Ebay 22 November 2015

7.01 paid on UK Ebay 4 August 2017 - NH

 

 

 

 

Prima - Singer Le Mans

Description:

The Singer Le Mans jack is identical to the one above except that it did not have the folding extension to the saddle and had a one piece handle instead of the folding handle for the Ford Y-Type. The jack shown in this entry is the Y-Type variant. The owner is going to convert it and I hope to show the finished version in due course. The correct jack is shown on the Singer firewall in the final picture. First two photos and information courtesy of Davis Bayliss.

Applicable Vehicles:

Singer Le Mans circa 1934, 9hp Sports and also possibly supplied with other Singer cars (information required).

Jack Handle Type:

Single cranked handle as shown in the final photo.

Year Dates Noted:

1932 to 1937

Value:

55.00 paid on UK Ebay 1 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Prima - Vauxhall 10/4

Description:

This jack looks essentially the same as the two entries above. The photos are from the Vauxhall 10/4 (circa 1937) Care and Operation Manual. The main difference is the pointed jacking head that slots into a cup for front wheel lifting and what looks like a removable cup for the rear wheel lifting.

Applicable Vehicles:

Vauxhall 10/4.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in the photos.

Year Dates Noted:

1937

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Prima For Austin 7

Description:

Unlike the jacks above the winder is at the top of the shaft. It is a combination of the screw and hydraulic principles. Fill with a solid lubricant which does not leak.

Schematic from R Cadisch & Sons catalogue circa 1930 - kindly supplied by Tore Karlsson.

Applicable Vehicles:

Aftermarket for the Austin 7.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in the photos.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Prima

Description:

Two stage screw jack measuring 10.25" retracted and 24.5" extended. It weighs 4.6kg. The jack is cast PRIMA on both sides with no other markings.  It is operated by an unusual ratchet mechanism. To change direction (up or down) the small pin projecting from ratchet mechanism is turned in the opposite direction. Photos and details courtesy of Joe Robbins.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known. Looking at the handle hole makes me wonder if the car starting handle is pushed into the opening?

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Prima P1832

Description:

Three stage jack that is strikingly similar to the Shelley LJ31. Cast PRIMA down one side with a date stamp below (54) and P1832 down the other. It extends to 17 inches.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known but likely to be the same as the Shelley LJ31 with a 2 piece bar plus a wooden handle

Year Dates Noted:

1954.

Value:

12.99 paid on UK Ebay 10 March 2017 - NH

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 11 April 2017 - NH

 

 

Hydraulic Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Prima 4 Ton

Description:

The jack is 9.5" retracted; extended height unknown as it is jammed. Base diameter is 6". Cast OM13 OIL  PRIMA OF ENGLAND  8042  23830 on one side and 4 TON HYDRAULIC JACK on the other. Photos and details courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

35" long with wooden handle as shown in 3rd photo.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Prima Type 802

Description:

Hydraulic jack made by Prima. It is a 2 ton single screw jack, measuring 6.75" closed and 14" extended. The 2 photos vary slightly from the drawing; fewer castellations on the cylinder screw cap; and the pump lever design.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Steel bar.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

14.99 paid on UK Ebay 23 May 2016 - NH

 

 

 

 

Side Lift Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Prima Side Lift

Description:

This side lift Prima jack has a tube length of 16; base of tube to underside of spigot of 5; and an underside of spigot length of 5. The underside of the circular base is stamped PRIMA MADE IN ENGLAND. The third photo shows the Prima (left) alongside a Singer Gazelle version (Metallifacture). It has an 18 3/8" tube length. Photos and details courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known, but likely to be the wheel nut brace.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

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