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|Joe "Too Many 2 Count" Weimer / Stovebolters
For all of you that have ever fought with these springs, here is a tip. It's safe and easy.
First off, stretch hood spring. I used my floor jack to get a good, solid pull on it. Using a floor jack to stretch a spring? Who'd a thunk!
Then, make something similar to this to put in the coils of the spring. I put an extra piece of flat stock on mine for different springs. You could also use wood shims or washers when you stretch the spring out. Then, when you close your hood, the shims or tool will come out.
Another tip, from Richard was to drill a hole in each of the dividers. Then slide a 1/4" rod through the dividers and through the spring to trap it. After the ends are hooked on the hinge, the rod can be pulled.
And if that's not enough spring info, Keith Hardy adds that on the The Old Car Manual Project site, he has information on how to make and use a tool for this. Chris Traskos has a drawing of the tool. Bob Hayden did a video demonstrating how to put tool on a spring already off the vehicle and another on how to use the tool to remove a spring from a vehicle. The videos are pretty big downloads but Bob gives a great demonstration.
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