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Old 10-07-2007, 09:36 AM
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need a little help

i am currently putting the front suspension back together on my 66 impala. and im having a problem with the front springs. i rented a spring compressor and compressed the spring about 4 inches or so. it was compressed pretty good, i have the lower control arm bolted in and i have the spindle assembly connected at the lower ball joint. when i set the spring into the frame pocket and sit it on the lower control arm i am still about 6 inches short of mating the upper control arm to the spindle..... i kept compressing the spring until the screw was sticking out past the spring and hitting the underside on the spring pocket in the frame. but im still to far away. i think one of the issues is the fact that there is such a sharp angle on the lower control arm its hard to seat the spring properly until its all bolted together and its sitting assembled.

i took the compressor out and tried to reposition it so i could get more compression before the screw would stick out past the top of the spring but now im having a hard time setting the compressor it keeps slipping down the spring as i compress it so any advice would be appreciated thanks.

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Old 10-07-2007, 10:21 AM
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Remove the lower control arm and use a jack to put it back on.
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thanks, so i should assemble both ball joints and just remove the control arm from the opposite end ?
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:44 AM
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Yeppers. It's much easier that way.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:48 AM
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i figured there was somthing very simple looking me right in the face that would work...... thanks a lot for the help!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:01 AM
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I forgot to mention that rear bolt is the camber adjustment bolt. Of course I'm sure you are going to get it aligned after your done.
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Removing the opposite end of the lower control arm is certainly an approach that I wouldn't have thought of ...

I built myself a "spring compressor" using some 1/2" steel plate and a piece of 5/8" Grade 8 ready rod. The ready-rod went down through the center of the spring where it threaded into another piece of 1/2" steel plate. The ready-rod was lubed up with anti-seize ant the spring was compressed by tightening the nut up top. This takes a LOT of force ... and the threads on the nut want to gall up ... so use another "follower" nut as a safety.

I ended up getting the spring compressed about 1/2 way and safely "caged" using my "spring compressor". Then I just lowered the vehicle using a floor jack ... using the vehicle weight to compress the spring fully. After the nuts on both ball joints were tightened up, I un-threaded the compressor and removed it.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:08 AM
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I forgot to mention that rear bolt is the camber adjustment bolt. Of course I'm sure you are going to get it aligned after your done.

yes im going to send it to a local (expert) in front ends lol the guy really knows his stuff.




thanks for the idea on the compressor.
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