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post #46 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 10, 6:25 PM
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Re: Spring Removal - Step By Step - With Pictures

Ahh thanks.

Gonna try this tomorrow.

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post #47 of 62 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Spring Removal - Step By Step - With Pictures

Bottom line concerning using a safety chain on the spring (other than just a common sense safety procedure)...

1) I wrote this for guys doing it for the first time.

2) In the spring removal section of the Chassis Service Manual, pictures show that a safety chain around the spring is being used.
If GM engineers also recommended it, I suppose I'm in pretty good company.

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I just changed my ball joints upper and lower. I also have a new set of springs to go in. While the control arm is still free, should I start installing the springs or should I hook the control arm back to the lower ball joint and then start with the springs? The motor is out of the car. Thanks,

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insert the spring then jack the control arm up into position to put the nut on the ball joint. thing is, if you have the motor out of the car, you will end up jacking up the car before you are able to compress the spring enough to start the castle nut on the ball joint. I did the same thing. My solution was to wrap a chain around the fram and the front axle of the floor jack. be careful and watch the angle of the chain and floor jack or it will slip (ask me how i know this). anyway, when you are set up like that, you will be jacking the frame against the tension on the chain around the floor jack instead of raising the frame. not too tough to do really. I used a 1/2" bike lock cable instead of chain to secure the spring for safety, but same deal really.

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post #50 of 62 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 4:18 PM
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I was hopeing I could do it without a spring compresser. I can get it lined up good in the frame, but there is no way I can get it in the lower control arm, without compressing the spring.

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If you don't want to worry about using a chain and scratching your paint on your frame just goto autozone and rent a spring compressor. I just did my front springs, took them out and installed new ones. The compressor works great and is safer then taking a chance that the spring won't shoot out if you don't have it chained. Its why they make the tool. Its like trying to tighten bolts without a ratchet. They make tools for certain jobs for a reason. Why take your chances not using the compressor, it doesnt' cost nothing, autozone rents tools for free.

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Found this just in time, prepping to replace A/C springs in '66 with non A/C springs. Car sits way to high up front, tail dragger (have to replace those too). Thanks for the great write up.
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Does it help to have a big floor jack like the one in the pictures? I have a little 2ton floor jack from walmart. I have it straped with ratchet strap to frame, and I am still just jacking the car off the jack stands. I have the spring in the top perch just right, and nearly just right in the controll arm. Castle nut on the lower ball joint.
Can someone coach me throw this, or tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks,

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Good to have a reminder. I had a friend show me the same technique a few years ago.

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Does it help to have a big floor jack like the one in the pictures? I have a little 2ton floor jack from walmart. I have it straped with ratchet strap to frame, and I am still just jacking the car off the jack stands. I have the spring in the top perch just right, and nearly just right in the controll arm. Castle nut on the lower ball joint.
Can someone coach me throw this, or tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks,
Do you have an engine in the car? Without weight enough to compress the spring it will not go together.

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Doing the front springs right now. Greg released the upper ball joint. My preference would be to release at the lower. It appears however in order to do this, the drum will need to be removed from its perch as it does not appear the LCA will clear the back lower side of the drum. Others with similar experience on this? Didn't read anything about this on any of the front spring threads here on T/C.

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Spent the last few hours working on busting a ball joint --- no luck. I opted to try the upper ball joint after all. Anyhow, was able to drive a pickle fork (15/16") all the way in and no 'pop' or release --- Yes castle nut is loosened on spindle. Once the pickle fork was solidly in place (fully seated actually), I even tried using a very long breaker bar and using my body weight with a few quick hops -- all to no avail. Throwing in the towel for the day -- Car has me beat on this one so far. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Spring Removal - Step By Step - With Pictures

With the pickle fork still in place smack the casting where the ball joint stud goes through with a BFH.

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With the pickle fork still in place smack the casting where the ball joint stud goes through with a BFH.
Good suggestion - I'll give this a go. Shall I also heat the spindle up a bit with a propane torch?
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NO.

Smacking it with a hammer will release the tapered stud.
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