Pics will be appreciated, but as to your question.. Taking the tires off is the way to go. Another thing to do when your jackstands aren't tall enough is to put the stands on something. I use 2 8x8's about 2 feet long as the "base" for the stands to sit on. Another option is cinder blocks. I also have broken a ratchet or two; a breaker bar prevents this
: Heat and PB blaster are a good thing. And its too early in the day to really
give up. Good luck.