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Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: MrLakewood ()
Date: August 11, 2017 06:25AM

Good Morning Guys!

I am looking to purchase a new coil compressor tool.

What style/brand do you like the best for replacing our Corvair coils?

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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: azdave ()
Date: August 11, 2017 08:24AM

Assuming you mean coil springs for suspension work...I made my own with all-thread rod and assorted Ace hardware pieces. It is similar to this one by Vairchet in the picture below. I only do LM's so no idea how well this works on the earlies. Others have built these too so I'm sure there are more pics around.

[corvaircenter.com]

These are also handy when you need to lock the ride height at a certain spot when doing custom suspension work such as for engine swaps.

About half of my Vairs have a coil cut all around so I don't really need a compressor in those cases.

Phot of spring compressor by Vairchet





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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: August 11, 2017 08:27AM

For EM's and LM fronts I use 1/2" - 13 grade 8 all thread about 2' long with matching fender washers and nuts. Takes the place of the shocks.

'64 Monza Coupe 140 4 speed
'61 700 Lakewood 95 4 speed
'69 Monza Convert. 140 Auto.

Been aircooled since 1973
Northwest Ohio

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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: August 11, 2017 08:32AM

I pulled my springs using a jack, worked fine with suspension in car, wouldn't work with it pulled though.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: August 11, 2017 08:41AM

I copied the one Dave Motohead uses [www.youtube.com]. It's just hardware like azdave showed. I didn't even use a fancy bottom bracket like azdave, just a piece of flat steel and another nut on the bottom. Works fine. Not much tension. Only downside, you have to use a wrench once you spool too much thread for the impact socket to fit over the bar. Works for removal and install of springs.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: August 11, 2017 12:27PM

Same here. My bottom plate is a 1/2" of aluminum I had laying around that was wider than the lower control arm and at least 4" in the other dimension.

Works on car or off car.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Reconfused smileyuper deep Sockets
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 11, 2017 01:28PM

BobV66Vair Wrote:
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> use hand wrench once you spool too much
> thread for the impact socket to fit over the bar.
> Works for removal and install of springs.

Take an old / or buy a used at a Pawnshop, impact socket and cut the end off and then weld pipe/ tube to get the depth...only reason to use an impact socket is to eliminate messing with the chrome!





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Re: Show me your tool... Coil compressors!
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: August 11, 2017 02:15PM

Matt is right. Works well. More like cut socket in half, weld pipe in the middle.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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