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72blackbird:
A decent "DIY" video, but I agree with Steve F.- experienced mechanics use impact guns and compressed air tools everyday, and without them the job would take forever. Using an impact gun is actually safer to release the compression on a coil spring, as it does the job quicker and minimizes the time handling a compressed spring.

As far as the tool being used, I prefer the coil spring compressor that has a flat, forged steel plate as it's easier and safer to install and compresses the spring in a more linear manner.

http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27035-Coil-Spring-Compressor/product-reviews/B003A18KCQ/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Geno

NOT A TA:
IF, I use a spring compressor (prefer not to unless necessary) I usually use the plate type Geno mentioned. Air gun is the quicker safer way to use it IMO.

Early (possibly all) 2nd gens were set up to be nose up from the factory so they would look like they were taking off while standing still. We "fixed" that with air shocks back in the 70's ! ahahaha



Grand73Am:
Never seen a compressor with round discs like that. I guess there must still be room for the discs to slide out from the spring once installed?
Mine is like the one that Geno posted a link to.

72blackbird:
Nice spring compressor John!

You don't see old-school tools like that too often- John has been wrenching for 30+ years so he only reveals his Jedi weapons to students worthy of the knowledge.

NOT A TA:

--- Quote from: 72blackbird on March 19, 2013, 10:48:49 AM ---Nice spring compressor John!

You don't see old-school tools like that too often- John has been wrenching for 30+ years so he only reveals his Jedi weapons to students worthy of the knowledge.

--- End quote ---

AHAHAHA I wish it was only 30 years! Think I did my first disc brake upgrade in 1969 LOL. Yes the spring compressor discs can be rotated in the spring after the threaded rod and locking flanges are removed. Rotate the top one down to the middle and slide out. Opposite with the bottom plate.

I use that spring compressor mostly just for Donks now, not regular cars like our birds. Ever wonder how those funny looking cars get so high? TALL springs! Sometimes combined with body lift kits. Pic shows the tallest B body spring someone could fit in a G body next to a new G body lift spring.  The new spring can barely be fit in even with the spring compressed with the tool almost to the point of coil bind.

 Please spare us the donk hate posts. It's just a job, and like we tell people "it's your car so whatever makes you happy". Ya, they ride like the Flintstonemobile, handle horrible, and have the turning radius of an ocean freighter. Lately the trend is to make them pretty fast in a straight line so beware those donks, bubbles, and box Chevys you may think just have a loud exhaust on a stock 350 driveline. I've built some that will easily embarrass a mildly built TA especially if they have the regular size wheels on them instead of the supersize wheels they use for cruising. The built ones are running 454-500+ cubes with T-400's, shift kits, tranny coolers, high stall convertors and built posi rears running 4.10s.



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