67-69 f-body / 68-74 x-body
does anyone know of a manufacturer of a coilspring compressor that can
be inserted and extracted through the small shock hole in the lower
control arm, to make replacing the front coilsprings easier? it's a
nightmare job i'd like to get done easier. i've tried a couple of them
out there but they either didn't fit, or their fold-out arms weren't
A coil spring compressor doesn't work well on a F-body. The spring has
way to much arch in the pocket.
1) Raise the car and put it on jack stands placed under the frame.
2) Remove the tire
3) Remove cotter key in the lower ball joint. Loosen the nut a few turns
so there is about a 1/8th inch gap between the nut and spindle.
4) Gently tap the ball joint stud with a hammer until the taper unseats.
5) Place the jack under the ball joint and jack up the lower A-arm until
you can remove the nut with your fingers.
6) Now SLOWLY lower the A-arm with the jack until its at the end of its
travel. The spring should drop out or come out with a little pulling.
Reverse procedure for installation :-)
Do you have the engine in the car? You are going to need it at least sitting
in for the weight. I installed the springs in my '71 T/A when the frame was
just sitting on top of four jack stands and the engine/trans resting on the
yeah, everything was in the car. drove up to my friend's house, and
rebuilt the front end in three horrible days, lol. pst sent the wrong
kit, ball joints were out of round, bushings were so thick we couldn't
get the control arms back in, and alignment took forever!
Try here http://www.mytoolstore.com/kd/kdindex.html?source=google KD
Tools manufactures excellent automotive tools. I have a coil spring
compressor of theirs with unequal-length arms that allow for arched
springs. It's one of the best I've ever seen or used.
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liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
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