Of all the jobs on my first gens, I hate this one the most...coil spring replacement.
The quad-hook compressor works the best for me, though it ain't a piece of cake, with stock height springs. I've read on the site of others removing/installing CS's without compressing the springs, but I've found it's impossible to get a stock-length spring correctly aligned in it's perch without compressing it. In order to make room for a non-compressed spring, the lwr A-arm is at such a bad angle, it would be difficult, and possibly suicidal to install it.
I recommend a the 4-hook compressor...might save yourself a trip to the dentist.
Let us know how it works out.