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64 fairlane coil spring tool

does anybody know of good and safe spring compresser tool

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Those are very dangerous to do. You need to get a good compressor and run a chain or something else through it for saftey. I have not done one in a long time, but I remember they were not fun.
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does anybody know of good and safe spring compresser tool
The best kind to use on those cars is a type made especially for Fairlanes and Mustangs of the 60s etc.

remove the shock upper mount tower, and use a flat plate across the top of the hole.

The lower end of the spring should also get a flat plate with little tabs welded on it to keep it centered in the spring. The coils are angled. (These 62-65 Fairlanes do not use a lower spring cradle and the spring sits directly on the upper control arm. The spring takes a set and gets permanently curved because of this.)

Then you suck the spring upwards into the top of the shock tower and remove the upper control arm, etc.

Then release the spring downward.
Do NOT use all thread unless you get 1" diameter, it is too soft and can break. Also the threads are so coarse that cranking the nut takes a lot of effort, but it can be done. A compressed spring will have 2-3000 pounds of pressure on it.

The 62-65 Fairlane spring is about 20" long when released. Conventional compressors don't have enough travel to get them out safely.
I do a lot of these cars and this type is the easiest and safest way.
Check with some Mustang restorers in your area.

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Yeah get the right tool

I've done it without the right tool, it's wildly dangerous, last time I did it one of the compressors slid all the way around the spring to the other side, leaving the spring VERY compressed on one side, and not compressed at all on the other, this happened while the spring was still in the car, ended up taking the handle of my jack, jamming it into the spring, and popping it out from the car.

When it hit the ground, bang, the compressors popped off, and with great care and a fair amount of whiskey, I did manage to get the spring back into the car without losing a hand (I duct taped the ends in place on the spring).

Moral of the story, if something has a special tool that is only good for a single application, there is almost always a very very good reason. Needless to say, I now own that tool =)
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be careful use a chain for safety and make sure the tool is a good one get the craftsman or mac tools
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