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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 13, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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'67 subframe tear down help

Hey guys, what's the best way to take the upper and lower control arms off without the coil spring flying off and hurting anyone or damaging anything. I know it needs work but I think I want to use my original instead of an aftermarket.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 13, 09:41 AM
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE CAREFUL ! speaking from personal experience ..IT CAN HURT YOU !

I actually used a rod ...9 1/6 or 5/8 ( AS BIG AS WILL FIT IN THE SHOCK HOLE ) with a plate on each end - runs thru the SHOCK HOLE ON THE A ARMS.. I USED HEAVY GRADE 8 nuts on each end and once i poped the ball joint ,I REMOVED THE TOP A ARM FIRST by lifting it up and over the rod then i backed off the nut to release the preassure and slowly lower the lower a arm till there is no preassure. worked great ...
i use the same method when installing the new springs...

its in-expensive and u can get it at the hardware store.

If your not going to use the springs again ( which im guessing your not ) you can heat the springs with a torch to relax them first - takes some of the preassure off. ( if you have a torch ...

the make a spring colaps tool but , the one i had let loose and thats how i got hurt..
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 13, 09:41 AM
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

I wrapped a cargo strap around the spring and tied it tight. then undid the bottom ball joint nut and split the hub away from the balljoint. then released the cargo strap.

all went ok. to replace I will make a spring compressor.
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

I don't figure you will reuse the springs, I would just take a torch to them
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

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I wrapped a cargo strap around the spring and tied it tight. then undid the bottom ball joint nut and split the hub away from the balljoint. then released the cargo strap.

all went ok. to replace I will make a spring compressor.
I seen it done with a chain as well...but as Hug points out, you got a lot of tension to work with, and if it gets away from ya!

Some places will rent a spring compressor. And as mentioned for the price why not just torch and replace?

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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

Kenny, there are countless threads in the suspension forum how to do this using a quality spring compressor. Many, including myself know how to remove and install springs without them, and on uninstalled bare subframes. But you may choose to take the secure route.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 13, 06:44 PM
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

Basically take the shocks out and wind a reasonably thick chain thru the spring and "tie" it to the frame using nuts and bolts in the holes in the chain....leave just a little slack in the chain. Then you can do basically what you want, have someone sit on the upper A-arm when you pop it to keep weight on it and then he gets off and you're done. Then pop the lower ball joint to complete the job.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 15, 01:51 PM
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Best advice I can give is using the cargo strap. Wrap it though the spring and when your ready to remove it let a little slack out of it. It will keep the spring from flying across your garage as well
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 15, 10:11 AM
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

I recently removed my springs on a bare subframe. I ran a cargo strap through the spring and around the frame just in case it springs. I got a spring compressor from Autozone from their loan a tool program. Compress the spring and pop the ball joint. Use a cargo strap or a chain for safety though.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 15, 03:00 PM
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Re: '67 subframe tear down help

I took mine out and put back in new springs with a bare sub frame just like you. It was a pain. But luckily I have a big piece of rod recessed in the floor for pulling dozer tracks on and off . I used that to hold the frame down while I took the ball joint loose. I used a jack under the lower a arm.
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