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Old 08-07-2007, 07:01 PM
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Has anyone tackled front springs in one of these?
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:38 PM
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Just got my computor back. I hope nothing is attached???. I just got the springs and a compreser. Let,s hope they don,t take my head off.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, sometimes replies on these forums are a tad slow in coming in eh?
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:15 PM
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tbirds8, I'm a few days away from removing the front springs from my '62. I've removed the front shocks, they have to come out before you remove the coils. It's very straightforward. Undo the single nut on the bottom stud of the shock. Undo the shock tower to firewall brace at the firewall. Remove the shock and the brace as one piece. Then undo the nut at the top of the shock, which seperates it from the brace.

You'll need a substantial coli spring compressor. I used an el cheapo one to take the front coils out of a '64 Fairlane. It bent, the coil came free and smashed a hole in the garage wall.

I strongly recommend that you get a short length of chain and a shackle, and put a safety chain through the coil and loop it through the front suspension. It'll hold the coil in the car.

Don't underestimate the force that these things pack, they can be lethal.

Good luck.

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Old 08-28-2007, 07:36 PM
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Hello new zel. I know how bad these are. You're lucky it hit the wall and not your chin. I got the springs and a internol commp from eastwoods. Well the springs are from mac,s. The more I work on the front end the higher it sits. So don't be as quick as I was. But my car sat from 1977 till now. And is going to go down the road this weekend. Go or Blow. (as they say).............................................. ....Bill
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tbird8, how'd you get on with your springs? Got mine out, was a bit of a challenge but succeeded with all my body parts still intact.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:10 AM
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I was doing the entire front end on my '63, a friend of mine said he did his '66 mustang in a weekend, so that seemed easy enough...... I actually stripped a spring compressor trying to get the first one out! When I finally got it out, I was removing the compressor and it let go, sending tools all over the garage! Incredibly, it just put a hole in the drywall and chipped the concrete, missing me and my car.

I could barely get the new one in, and it still was not aligned properly. I decided that although I do nearly all the work on the car myself, this was best left to a pro. The first shop I towed it to looked at it and refused the work. The next shop did it, and he stripped a compressor, too!

The final result turned out great, but I will never try to do it on these cars again.....maybe a 66 Mustang.....
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:30 PM
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Glad you did not get hurt or have major damage. The springs on these cars are heavy, unlike modern cars.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:46 PM
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Hello Everyone. I haven,t got to the springs yet. To much other stuff going on right now. Plus I,m in between not enough cars and to many. Thanks for the replys. I'll keep you
posted on the outcome. .................................Bill

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Old 10-12-2007, 02:09 PM
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Do you really need a spring compressor for the 65, I usually just use a floor jack under the a arm, put some pressure on the lower arm, un do the lower ball joint and lower everything back out, then reverse the process to reinstall the spring.

That is how I did the springs in the 58, the 59 and my 68 olds... and how I was planning to remove and change out the 65's springs.
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