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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 10, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

Where is this hole found? Does someone have a pic? I going to have the front suspension a part to replace the upper ball joints. I want to make sure I get the springs back in the right position.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 10, 07:24 PM
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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

The top end of the spring is to be located 3/8" from the formed step in the spring seat in the upper pocket in the subframe, as shown in the Assembly Manual; the hole in the recess in the lower control arm is for water drainage. Ignore where the lower end of the spring winds up in the lower control arm.
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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

The springs were installed by a tire shop about 3 years ago that's now out of business. I'm guessing that they were limited on their abilities.

To see this recess do you have to be laying on the ground looking up into the spring pocket with a flashlight?

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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

Scott's reference to a 'recess' is in the lower control arm, the 'slot' the spring sits into.

The slot has a hole in it at the very end, the lowest point for water to drain out.

The spring has two ends, a closed end and an open end. The closed end is flat, ground off flat. Set the spring on the floor on the flat/closed end, the spring would be perpendicular to the floor.

The other end of the spring, is called open end, looks as if the coil was cut. set the spring on the floor and it will lean. The flat end fits into a pocket on the subframe and as Scott suggests, there is a hole next to the upper control arm bracket on top of the rail. The end of the spring should be showing in the hole. The bottom of the spring in the lower control arm lays in the slot as given.

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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

If I am not mistaken there is an indexing hole in the upper spring pocket. I think you set the end of the spring halfway into the hole.
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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

Don't tighten the control arm bolts with the car in the air; do it when it's on it's feet. Another assembly error.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 10, 07:36 PM
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Re: Coil spring positioning hole on '69.

If you have a terminal screwdriver (a small one, not one that is about to die) you can stick it in the hole in the upper spring pocket. Then once you get the spring in, jack the lower control arm up a bit to hold the spring, rotate the spring so the end of the coil hits the screwdriver, then jack your lower control arm up so the ball joint studs go through the spindle, start the nuts, then pull the screwdriver out.

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