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Old 13th-June-2010, 11:13 PM   #1
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I need to remove the front coil springs on my '64. My question is which type of spring compressor works the best? The 2 piece type that clamps on the outside of the spring or the one piece style that goes through the inside center of the spring. Where is the best place to find a quality tool to do the job?
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Old 13th-June-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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I need to remove the front coil springs on my '64. My question is which type of spring compressor works the best? The 2 piece type that clamps on the outside of the spring or the one piece style that goes through the inside center of the spring. Where is the best place to find a quality tool to do the job?
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you can remove the springs with out compressor putting them back is abit of a challenge. raise car and support on stands after removing wheels and tie rods from spindles and remove shocks. take lower balljoint nut and loosen it do not remove at this time loosen up lower comtrol arm bushing mount bolt. support lower contrlo arm with floor jack and remove and seperate balljoint lower jack until all pressure is off the spring. use a large pry bar and you can pop them out, of course be careful but you can get them out
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Old 14th-June-2010, 12:05 AM   #3
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autozone is free.
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Old 14th-June-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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You have to remove the shock & use an inside type coil spring compressor. The above mentioned works on 68 & later cars. I changed the springs on my 66 wagon yesterday, took 1.5 hrs. The key is having the right tool for the job.
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Old 14th-June-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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autozone is free.
^^^ Good suggestion.......

Just look the tool over good before you take it home. Sometimes people return tools damaged or missing components & they don't get checked before being put back on the loaner shelf......

Here's the best I've seen for the job.......

http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb....Z5Z5Z50000132A
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Old 14th-June-2010, 01:14 PM   #6
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Autozone is worthless for this application. They gave me those MacPherson strut spring compressors. They said that was all they had. They were completely useless. Getting my springs in required me doing things the dangerous way: A pry bar and a couple of heavy duty ratchet straps. I wouldn't recommend that way to anyone though. I should've just got the right tool rather than risk injuring myself or worse yet, damaging my car.
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Old 14th-June-2010, 01:43 PM   #7
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Most springs can be done without any problems and without a spring compressor. I installed Moroso trick springs and had to use an internal compressor as the spring was so long. Doesn't hurt to hook the spring to a scrap piece of chain and strap it or bolt it to the frame. Those springs coming out can kill or injure a person very easily.
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Autozone is worthless for this application. They gave me those MacPherson strut spring compressors. They said that was all they had. They were completely useless. Getting my springs in required me doing things the dangerous way: A pry bar and a couple of heavy duty ratchet straps. I wouldn't recommend that way to anyone though. I should've just got the right tool rather than risk injuring myself or worse yet, damaging my car.
I picked up an internal spring compressor on Ebay for about $30. It'll come in handy multiple times, so it's something I recommend having in your Chevy II's garage.
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I've changed several sets of front coils recently and have rented internal spring compressors from O'reilly as well as AutoZone. After having several of these release tension and "pop" as I was walking across the shop with the compressed spring in my hand, I called the MAC Tool man. He brought one by my office for $100. I asked, what's the diff between the $30 compressor and the $100 compressor. He replied, "the $100 one won't kill you". He was right, worked first time, no issues. Best $100 I ever spent.
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Harbor Freight has an excellent spring compressor that's reasonably priced.
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Old 15th-June-2010, 11:15 PM   #11
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autozone is free.
I'm using one from Autozone right now... It cost $54 to walk out of the store with it.. You'll get your money back when you take the compressor back.. I used the hook style using it on both sides.. Springs came out without issues
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I need to remove the front coil springs on my '64. My question is which type of spring compressor works the best? The 2 piece type that clamps on the outside of the spring or the one piece style that goes through the inside center of the spring. Where is the best place to find a quality tool to do the job?
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Len
I have one of these, and I recommend it highly:

Early Nova Spring Compressor
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Do not attempt this job without a spring compressor. The Chevy2Only tool is the way to go!



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