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Valve spring compressor
Posted by: chris ()
Date: February 08, 2019 08:22PM

Looking for opinions on what everyone uses for a valve spring compressor. The one that can be rented from O'Reilly I don't care for at all. I know some work better with the head on vs. off. Part of me thought about making one like the LS style spring compressors that are super simple and easy to use.

'65 Monza 4 door
4 speed
110hp
Gardner, KS

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 08, 2019 08:31PM

Is your head on or off?





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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: chris ()
Date: February 08, 2019 10:26PM

Off but I would like something that is effective for both if possible.

'65 Monza 4 door
4 speed
110hp
Gardner, KS

Heart of America Corvair Owners Association

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 08, 2019 10:33PM

The KD style is the only one that works either way.... not as fast a a C-Style.

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: ken ()
Date: February 09, 2019 05:23AM

I have one like the picture but I welded a socket adaptor on it that fits a 3/8 ratchet . Saves the fingers and is faster .

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: February 09, 2019 07:02AM

I use the one Matt recommended.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: chris ()
Date: February 09, 2019 07:43AM

Yeah, that’s the kind O’Reilly has with the exception that it has a T-handle instead of that knob/wheel. I like the simplicity of the LS style so I may do something like that.

'65 Monza 4 door
4 speed
110hp
Gardner, KS

Heart of America Corvair Owners Association

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: February 09, 2019 11:00AM

I use the "C" clamp type on the bench but the KD style is great and works in any situation on the car. I also removed the big knob, it took up too much room. I ground the shaft down to a 7/16 hex.

Dan Brizendine,
'64 8door Greenbrier 140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: February 12, 2019 06:47AM

The knob/wheel can really get painful on arthritic hands after a few compresses! That T-handle may work better, if there's room in the head to turn it.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible
1966 Custom two door/four door

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Olathe, ks
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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 12, 2019 08:01AM

I ground the crimp off the end of mine and removed the wheel because it wouldn't clear something I was working on. I need to grind a hex on it.

Joel
Northlake, TX
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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: February 12, 2019 08:14AM

Be careful with that KD Style valve sprig compressor. I have had them slip off the spring and fly at my head. After the second time, I now put a hose clam[p or zip-tie around it to secure the tool to the valve spring.

Corventure Dave

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: chris ()
Date: February 12, 2019 08:44AM

I'm leery with the KD style as well because the fingers always seem to slip off the coil. A hose clamp is a good idea to keep it in place. Luckily, none have ever flown at my head but that's enough for me!

'65 Monza 4 door
4 speed
110hp
Gardner, KS

Heart of America Corvair Owners Association

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: February 12, 2019 09:55AM

I used one from O'Reilly that was similar to the KD shown, but didn't have a spring to hold the lower legs compressed into the valve spring. Rather than tie wraps or hose clamps, I was able to open the jaws on a small set of vice grips to clamp the legs together to keep them from slipping off the springs. The compressor I got had an indention in the top for a 3/8" drive ratchet, much easier than the knob or T handle. My heads were off, would have been much easier and faster to use a C style compressor.

Scott
'65 Corsa basket case
'66 Monza coupe

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: February 12, 2019 11:22AM

Been using the same K-D one for 40 years. Many head styles, not just Corvair.

Had the same slippage issue from time to time. Never shot a spring off into the air or face. But, I like the idea of something to hold the fingers onto the spring. Thank you.thumbs up

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Valve spring compressor
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 12, 2019 05:25PM

Here's a good deal 8" C style $18.99

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