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Old 02-23-2008, 05:50 PM
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66 Impala Spring Problem

I have a 66 Impala with a 396. we took everything apart to clean and freshen up, but i'm having trouble gettin the front springs back in. The spring compressor is not large enough. Does anyone have any tricks or ways to gettin them on without the compressor?

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The trick is using a floor jack under the lower a-arm..be sure and have the spring in the spring pockets though...

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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You may need to use a pry bar to force them back into the pockets.

Jack the car as high as possible. Put a floor jack under the lower control arm. Force the spring back into the pocket with a pry bar. Jack the lower control arm up with the floor jack into the upper ball joint.

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Yep----even when compressed, the springs are difficult at best to locate properly.

Need to get them popped into the pocket, and slowly jack up the outermost end of the control arm.

I have had to do this a few times on my 59----never got any easier.
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front coils installation

I get the spring set into the upper end, then raise the lower a frame up against the spring, and set a block under the lower aframe and set the front end down on the block. Now this want compress the spring so the ball joints will hookup, but if you're working on the left front, go to the right rear and jack it up or have someone jack it and watch it and lineup the ball joint as it is compressed and replace the nut. Now go to the other side and do the same. then jack and block up the front end so you can replace the shocks and wheels. I had to do this when installing 60 chevy 348 springs under a 57 chevy. The spring compressors didn't help, but the weight transfer when I jacked the opposite corner sure did compress them. Just make sure the spring and a-frame for setting flat and straight. If you have someone jacking it, stand back until it starts to compress for safety sake. lol
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