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hay fitzy, shops like supercheap sell good safe spring compressors, and done right it as safe as!

https://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/p/toolpro-toolpro-coil-spring-compressor-pair/12548.html

 i have never had a need for a ball joint separator, just use two big hammers on each side and wack them.

 and doing it your self not only saves money for more beers but you learn stuff at the same time :cheers:

when it comes to doing your a arm bushes you will need to find a mate with a press.

i bought my self one many a arm jobs ago and never regretted buying it.

 they are not expensive but are bulky and you will need to find a home for it when not in use

https://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/p/sca-sca-shop-press-h-frame-6000kg/214467.html

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They make spring compressor tools of course. Just one more expensive tool you’ll probably never use again after this job. Any chances you can rent the tool form a local parts store?

You can put a floor jack under the lower control arm, release the castle nut and cotter pin from the spindle and SLOWLY lower the floor jack to gradually release the spring tension. You may need to whack the ball joint with a hammer a few times to release it from the spindle before you try to lower the jack.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Wrongway said:

All great advice, as always!  So all I'll add is the spring compressors really aren't that hard Fitzy, I heard how dangerous they were and all the stuff about the tool braking and spring flying off and killing you also bro. JUSTA  take your time and go slow bro. You can see how I did mine on my 63. I rented the tool from the local parts house and in that pic my son is ratcheting to compress. Now I wound NOT let him remove the springs but I did let him compress. Good luck bro

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Great to see your son getting into it Wrongway👍

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4 hours ago, Wrongway said:

All great advice, as always!  So all I'll add is the spring compressors really aren't that hard Fitzy, I heard how dangerous they were and all the stuff about the tool braking and spring flying off and killing you also bro. JUSTA  take your time and go slow bro. You can see how I did mine on my 63. I rented the tool from the local parts house and in that pic my son is ratcheting to compress. Now I wound NOT let him remove the springs but I did let him compress. Good luck bro

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Sweet pic.  Waaay to get the boy involved in our obsession.  Priceless.

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On 8/2/2020 at 3:39 PM, Fitzy said:

I'll look forward to posting gruesome photos of what went wrong!

Should I start mixing up the soda and popcorn? Or you going to be awhile in the ICU and we have to wait for the bandages to come off? We love a good horror flick!!! :rofl:

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2 hours ago, Fitzy said:

When the compressed spring lets go because my El Cheapo Chinese compressor fell apart and takes my brain out, we'll shovel the remains back into my skull and I'll buy a Corolla and lower that next.

Get the beers ready-Car Injuries 101 comin' up!

Hey I thought we were done the China bashing! I’ll give you a month to stop 😁!

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Don't forget to get pics before you stuff your back in! We want grey matter Pics Fitzy! :lol:

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14 hours ago, Last Indian said:

Hey I thought we were done the China bashing! I’ll give you a month to stop 😁!

Justa takin a break.  Don't get me started.:badGT:

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17 hours ago, Fitzy said:

 If I reckon I can get a compressor up there without exposing my own flesh & bone, I shall toddle off to the Ying Tong Super Happy Auto Parts Emporium and buy the sturdiest looking compressor I can. 

I guess Fitzy isn't worrying about political correctness, is he? Gawd I love it!

Somehow this is going to end up like a bad episode of Roadkill or Mighty Car Mods.

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You know, I've spent a LOT of time researching parts for that GP. I'm gonna end up old & crusty and a source of all things Pontiac. It wasn't supposed to end like this: all I wanted was something to tinker with in my 'spare time,' you know, the time I USED TO HAVE that was spare!

I'm gonna be as painful as a reformed smoker-Pontiac this and Pontiac that, blah blah blah...

Mind you, it has been immensely interesting and being a long time car tragic, it's not going away.

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You’re welcome.,welcome to the club. Cars are sneaky that way, next thing you know, they have you! 

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1 hour ago, Fitzy said:

You know, I've spent a LOT of time researching parts for that GP. I'm gonna end up old & crusty and a source of all things Pontiac. It wasn't supposed to end like this: all I wanted was something to tinker with in my 'spare time,' you know, the time I USED TO HAVE that was spare!

I'm gonna be as painful as a reformed smoker-Pontiac this and Pontiac that, blah blah blah...

Mind you, it has been immensely interesting and being a long time car tragic, it's not going away.

Good on you Fitzy, nothing like a challenge aye👍

thanks for the link too:cheers:

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