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  • Valve Spring Compressor

    I've got a valve spring compressor that I bought for Studebaker V-8 applications. It came from NAPA the part number on their invoice being simply "700". Two pictures are attached.

    I'm not happy with the product. It's a bit tinny, and even though its got "Made in USA" stamped on it, it wants to disfigure itself a it under the load for which it's intended: compressing the spring. Many times I've had to put it in the vice to bend it's jaws back into shape. Plus I have trouble keeping the valve stem centered through the spring retainer.

    Anyone got a better valve spring compressor make, model or source they can recommend to me?

    Thanks,

    SuperHawk Jr.
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    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CD0Q8wIwAg#

    Above is a link to the type I've used for over 30 years, with no failure....

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    • #3
      The tool looks like the one I use for flathead engines. I have one that I bought at NAPA years ago that looks like a big C clamp, but the head has to be removed from the engine to be able to use it. Bud

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      • #4
        That is a compressor for a flathead. I can see why it distorts with a V-8 spring.
        Jamie McLeod
        Hope Mills, NC

        1963 Lark "Ugly Betty"
        1958 Commander "Christine"
        1964 Wagonaire "Louise"
        1955 Commander Sedan
        1964 Champ
        1960 Lark

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tom B View Post
          http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CD0Q8wIwAg#

          Above is a link to the type I've used for over 30 years, with no failure....
          I use the same thing. My only problem is dropping the keepers when the spring is compressed enough.
          Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
          '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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          • #6
            I use the same thing. My only problem is dropping the keepers when the spring is compressed enough.
            Ditto and ditto. I used one of those rather easily obtainable tools to take apart and reassemble both sets of heads for the '55. Once I have the fingers properly grasping the spring without slipping, the next part is either being able to pick the keepers out(which can make for three minutes of mild entertainment if the heads have been sitting and the old oil is causing sticking), or get them aligned in the groove so the spring can fully extend without spitting the keepers out or distorting the spring.
            1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
            1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
            1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
            1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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