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Old 03-13-2008, 05:58 AM
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58Chev - Installing Coil Springs

Hi

i've redone the front suspension of my '58 Chevy Biscayne and we're ready to put the coil springs back.

What is the best (and safest) procedure to do this?

We have pretty strong compressing clamps but they don't make the springs small enough to fit between the control arms. Also if we use a jack under the control arm it simply lifts the car up.

Does anybody have some good advice for us or know what the best way is to go about it?

Thanks in advance

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I have one of these ... and have never had a spring that I could not compress for it to be too long to go back in.
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Here's how i did it..

I did this job about 20 years ago.. (i have 2 55's). The way i did it was to remove the front shock (which you've already done of course), and get a length of (i believe it was) 5/8 inch redi-bolt, and install it in place of the shock. I assembled the spring between the frame and the lower A frame, and installed an adapter plate that a friend of mine had made me on the bottom above the flatwasher and nut at the bottom. The adapter plate had a round section that bore against the stamped out part of the lower a-frame, and a 'collar' that he'd welded onto the round section to center the plate on the stamped out recess into which the coil was to fit. The round section fit inside the cut-out in the lower part of the spring recess in the lower a-frame. He had turned a ball and socket that fit into the round section, and which was bored 5/8 inch for the redi-bolt. We cut the redi-bolt short enough that we could get the redi-bolt into position to assemble the whole mess, but long enough that we could screw it all together on the car. We supported the car on jackstands while doing this of course. My paranoid friend insisted on using 2 nuts at each end *g*..

As we tightened up the nut on the lower end (the top two nuts he'd jammed together so they'd not unscrew), the lower aframe and spring were drawn up to the vehicle frame. As we got close, we used smooth pieces of rod - just big enough to fit through the holes in the pivot shaft for the a-frame - to align the holes in the frame with the holes in the shaft. He'd drilled two holes in each rod - one above and one below the vehicle frame - and put pieces of gas welding rod in them to keep the steel rods in position in the bolt holes in the frame. When we got close enough.. we installed 2 of the attachment bolts in the shaft. We had previously put the lower ball joint stud in the front knuckle to hold the lower a-frame in rough position. As i recall we helped a bit with the floor jack right at the end..

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