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Posts: 65
From: Costa Mesa, Ca. USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 04-08-2001 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sandy   Click Here to Email Sandy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How tough a job is it to remove the front springs on a 66 Mustang and what kind or brand of spring compressor is the safest and most economical to use? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.


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From: Southern Ohio, USA
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 04-08-2001 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use a home built compressor made of 3/4" all thread and a plate that goes on top of the shock tower. Place a nut or better yet an all thread connector which is like a long nut on top. I built a custom lower bracket that slips into the spring and is made to conform to the springs "twist" shape. There's an edge that surrounds the spring with a section that comes off for installation. I then place a nut under this lower plate.

Lift the car under the lower A-Arm to compress the spring, tighten the bolt on top of the shock tower, place a jack under the front frame rail and s l o w l y let the jack down. The wheel and upper A-Arm will lower with the spring compressor holding the spring safely compressed. Remove the Upper A-Arm or loosen the compressor while keeping the spring from re-seating on the spring pearch. Keep loosening the upper bolt and the spring will eventually drop out of the shock tower.

The May issue of Mustangs and Fords shows this type of compressor in use.

I would NOT recommend using the type of compressor that uses two seperate tools, each with two "claws" that are supposed to grab the spring. Dangerous! The type of compressor I use cannot let go and is very safe.


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From: Los Angeles
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 04-09-2001 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You gotta go with some kind of an internal piece. Anything else is scary to work with.
I spent $40 on new one from a local shop.

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From: S.F., CA
Registered: May 2000

posted 04-09-2001 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Springs can get scary. I would get a well made compressor. Because you don't want to know what will happen if it lets go. I had a friend help me change my front springs. Even with his air compressor we still had a tuff time compressing them.

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From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 04-10-2001 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the hot tip for re-installing them is get them "squashed" and banded with steel strapping, spring shops will do this. Simply sit the spring in place,jack the control arm up and cut the bands.

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From: Thomaston,CT.
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 04-10-2001 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your not going to save or reuse the old springs Jack the car up by the frame so the spring is open as far as it can be, then using a torch not the cutting tip heat up the springs till they loose there hardness
let the jack down it will compress them,then jack it back up and take the spring out with no trouble at all!! putting them back in? well any of the above posts will work!!

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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 04-10-2001 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always used two double claw spring compressors on FoMoCo products that have the coil spring about the upper control arm. It is the way it was done by FoMoCo mechanics at the dealerships when the cars were new. Ther is nothing unsafe about it when used correctly. It is the easiest tool that I have found to use. The internal tool is very difficult to manuver and compress. I have them both and the internal one rarely gets used.

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