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trunk springs...how to install ?...lid won't close

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  • trunk springs...how to install ?...lid won't close

    How do you install trunk springs. I removed the old ones and then reinstalled them by putting a chain on them and pulling them a bit longer with my riding mower. Is there a special tool ? How do I know if I need new ones ? How do you measure the strength of the old before buying new. My trunk lid on a '47 will not go down when the springs are attached unless I pry the scissor action hinges on both sides. Then the trunk lid still lacks a little over an inch from closing in the rear. With the springs off it lacks the same distance but I have no problem with the scissor hinges. I have lubed everything.....Brad

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    Do I understand that you STRETCHED the springs so they'd fit??? If that's the case - they're toast. These hinges have a habit of getting worn pivot pins that cause the grief you speak of.[:I]

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    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe

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      If you spring the spring to one side and put a nichel in the opening then spring then spring the other way and install a coin in the opening continue for the length of the spring it should install fine. Then just take out the coins and you are done.

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        No, just enough to get them installed. Worn pivot pins makes sense. Studebaker special tool ?? ....Brad
        quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

        Do I understand that you STRETCHED the springs so they'd fit??? If that's the case - they're toast. These hinges have a habit of getting worn pivot pins that cause the grief you speak of.[:I]

        Miscreant adrift in
        the BerStuda Triangle


        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe

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