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Old 01-08-2010, 04:28 PM
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Home made valve spring compressor

Just finnished my valve spring compressor because the one from harbor freight just didn't cut it and they broke! So I returned the broken compressor bought a C-clamp dug through the scrap pile and fabbed this up!

No body else is home so I just needed to show off my new toy to somebody.

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:28 PM
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Looks good and if it works and it looks like it would thats even better. Fine job .

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You came to the right place to show it off most of us enjoy looking at a neat idea, good job!
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:57 AM
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Works like a champ!
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Did you say that works like a "clamp"!?
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Did you say that works like a "clamp"!?
ha ha nicepun
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Hey, if it works for you and you aren't "pressed" for time, then it's the right tool. Way back in time, we used to just use a big socket on the yearly 6 cyl Chebbies and whang it to remove the valve spring assembly. To reinstall, we did have a compressor, but it was just one of those little ones that you put the spring and retainer in, then screwed it down. I sold one at a swap meet last summer.

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Hey, if it works for you and you aren't "pressed" for time, then it's the right tool. Way back in time, we used to just use a big socket on the yearly 6 cyl Chebbies and whang it to remove the valve spring assembly. To reinstall, we did have a compressor, but it was just one of those little ones that you put the spring and retainer in, then screwed it down. I sold one at a swap meet last summer.

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That type of valve spring tool you described is what I first bought from Harbor Freight and it broke. (just couldn't handle those stock douple hump heads springs ) This really does go pretty quick I chose a c-clamp that had finer machine threads over one with more courser threads and I think that was a good decision. With a little gun oil on the threads it really smoothed the operation.


I would recomend anyone doing a home build who isn't in a time crunch to build one it sure beats spending 60$ on something that might get used only a handfull of times.
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Very cool - nice job - the only downfall that I've seen using something similar to that is that it has a tendency to spin the valve, sometimes not a big deal, sometimes it is. Just something to keep in mind. If you have a stubborn one you could use that to disassemble and a regular pull type to re-install.
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Very cool - nice job - the only downfall that I've seen using something similar to that is that it has a tendency to spin the valve, sometimes not a big deal, sometimes it is. Just something to keep in mind. If you have a stubborn one you could use that to disassemble and a regular pull type to re-install.
This crossed my mind! But the part of the C clamp that screws down spins on the end so I think this may keep the valve from spinning. We shall see it has now torn down one set of heads and reassembled them no prob.
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Home made valve spring compressor

Thanks for the great idea for the home made valve spring compressor tool. I copied it and it works !!
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I have one that looks like a twin to yours.

I made it years ago to do BBC heads with 300+ lbs. of seat pressure. Works great. My air spring compressor just kind of folds over after about 220 lbs and the manual ones are worse..The spring compressors designed for high pressure are too pricey $$$ and bulky
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