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Old 01-18-2010, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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I usually have the springs "BOUND" by a spring shop & they go in alot easier.

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Old 01-25-2010, 08:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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THanks for the response...

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I usually have the springs "BOUND" by a spring shop & they go in alot easier.
I didn't know you could do that! This is my first restoration.How SIMPLE! How OBVIOUS! Once somebody says it of course! Almost everything on the web relating to installing springs says to use the weight of the car to compress the springs enough to get the hub back on. My problem was I couldn't even get both ends of the springs into the saddles. Once I focused on that problem instead of having the spring sit properly in the top or bottom saddle I was able to use a couple of crowbars to pry the bottom of the spring into the saddle. Now I could use the weight of the car to compress the spring futher. But I like your idea better. Won't have to scratch the poop out my lower control arm and my spring.

thanks for your help.

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I usually have the springs "BOUND" by a spring shop & they go in alot easier.
Went to a couple of shops today and they all looked at me kind of funny. They all said they could do it but didn't feel right sending me out of their shop with a potential bomb! What do they usually bind it with anyway? Steel strapping? chain?

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well I finally got my springs in. Used spring compressors to get them down a little bit. Then inserted them in the top saddle but not right to the end but rather only as far as they would go and still hang straight down. Then brought the bottom control arm up to meet the spring and hold it in place with a floor jack. At this point only the inside edge of the first coil was more or less inside the cup of the bottom control arm but was in far enough that I could get a ready rod thru both arms and the spring. With the floor jack in place I ran a couple of ratchet straps over the control arm and under the jack and cinched them up so they were snug but not lifting the jack off the floor. Now with someone slowly jacking up the control arm, I used a couple of crowbars to keep prying the spring up and in towards the back of the saddle. Eventually the whole bottom of the spring went into the saddle and from that point on it was easy to just jack up until I could get a nut on the top ball joint. Important to keep tightening up the nuts on the ready rod in case one of the ratchet straps break. Posted some pictures on my site if you are interested. Thanks for all suggestions.

Oops. Can't post a pix or website until I have 5 posts and this only my 4th. See next message for website link

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sprints install pix link

www.razecarz.com/restorationpage7.htm is where I posted my little story about installing the springs.

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