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Install new coil springs on 62 Impala
I have a stripped down frame that I am trying to install new front coil springs into. On the driver side, if I stick the spring into the top first, looking at it from the front of the car, it sticks out at an angle like so \ and the receiving area in the bottom control arm wants to see the spring coming in at an angle like so /. In order to even come close to matching these two up, the spring would have to be compressed until the coils are almost touching - which is impossible!
I have tried running a 3/8" threaded rod down the centre thru a piece of square tubing about 2 coils up from the bottom and tightening the nuts to squeeze the coils together (this is how I took the old ones off) but my ready rod broke and the spring went shooting between my legs into the floor!
I have tried running a 5/8" threaded rod from the bottom control arm up thru the spring, but you have to squeeze the spring even further now to get it into the receiving area at the top.
In both these scenarios, the angle of the seating areas in the top and bottom do not allow for the opposite end of the spring to even come close to lining up with where it should wind up. I have wasted two full Saturdays trying to over come this problem to no avail. I am ready to BITE one or two coils of the end to help make it fit!
And if you are going to suggest buying some spring compressors - did that. Second time I tried the 3/8" ready rod from the top, I used the spring compressors on the outside with the ready rod on the inside of the spring. Still could not compress it enough to get even close. Oh yeah, I have checked, rechecked and triple checked the part numbers against the catalogue aginst the box against my invoice..and it looks like I should have the right springs although they are about an inch longer than the ones I took out. Any help will be appreciated.