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Rustang
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posted 10-10-2005 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rustang   Click Here to Email Rustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best spring compressor (safest) to use to remove my '68's front springs?

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427Fastback
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posted 10-10-2005 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback   Click Here to Email 427Fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moog makes/made the best one available.It is specificly designed for shock tower cars.

It is not a claw type and the spring cannot come off.
This has been discussed here before and It turns out some people were being very inventive and making there own...I have the Moog kit and can take some pics of it if you like...

Cory

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bob6364
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posted 10-10-2005 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bob6364   Click Here to Email bob6364     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
simple inside compressor that makes contact in 2 or 3 spots will do ya

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Dave Gibson
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posted 10-10-2005 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
National Parts Depot carries a Spring Compressor. Use the link at the top or call them. They are not expensive.

Dave & Terri

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ddenton749
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posted 10-10-2005 04:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These type work:

http://www.toolsource.com/ost/product.a sp?sourceid=googletirewheel&dept%5Fid=500&pf%5Fid=68777&mscssid=BUNHK1FT05CB8H9PVUH1LC8A58J83UU9

You have to put it in the spring "upside Down". IOW: the bolt head goes towards the spring perch and the threaded part goes up through the shock hole in the shock tower. If you put it in with the bolt head at the top the treaded part hits the spring perch.

Don't ask me how I know...

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-10-2005 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the one from NPD and it works well. At the time I looked for the Moog type and couldn't find it anywhere, where did you find yours, Cory?

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427Fastback
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posted 10-10-2005 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback   Click Here to Email 427Fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I actually found mine in a shop that was closing that part of their business.It had only been used once and having used them (rental shops) many times before I didnt hesitate at the $100.00 price..

I suspect it might not be made anymore.It is quite a big kit.
There doesn't seem to be a part number on it.I have no problems taking a few pics of it ...

Cory

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-10-2005 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to use one in my tech days, I ought to make one some day.

These days when you ask about them at parts store the kids look at you like you're from Mars, then try to hand you a McPherson strut-type piece of junk.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
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427Fastback
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posted 10-10-2005 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback   Click Here to Email 427Fastback     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did some digging and found it listed in a (91)Moog catalog..

"Moog T469C coil spring compressor."
They sell/sold indivdual parts also..

Cory

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-10-2005 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I tried to google that Moog number and came up with nothing. Cherish that compressor!

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ewokeric
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posted 10-10-2005 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ewokeric   Click Here to Email ewokeric     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i used a internal spring compressor that was a loaner tool from advantage auto. It worked ok but like one of you guys said i had to use it upside down actually worked out

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rmousir
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posted 10-11-2005 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmousir   Click Here to Email rmousir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used the one that I borrowed from Auto Zone. Worked with no problems at all. Returned it so it did not cost anything.

Richard.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 10-11-2005 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ddenton749:
These type work:

http://www.toolsource.com/ost/product.a sp?sourceid=googletirewheel&dept%5Fid=500&pf%5Fid=68777&mscssid=BUNHK1FT05CB8H9PVUH1LC8A58J83UU9


I?ve been using this type for 20 years and use it upright with a pipe for a spacer and some washers. I?ve been meaning to build one similar to the type you see in the shop manuals but haven?t got around to it.

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mellowyellow
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posted 10-12-2005 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
I?ve been using this type for 20 years and use it upright with a pipe for a spacer and some washers. I?ve been meaning to build one similar to the type you see in the shop manuals but haven?t got around to it.


USed one looking like that but bought from Eastwood-borrowed it, and did not like it.

Have to second Steve re Moog compressor. Far and away the best. The one we used a lot came in a blue steel box with different dies to fit inside spring and a threaded shaft to grab the die and draw it up. It even had a "bearing" that mounted on top of shock tower to facilitate tightening, and came with a special Moog lube to lube the shaft. Unfortunately, the person moved away, taking his toys with him! LOL!

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