REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
1962-67 Chevy II
- Raise the car and remove the wheel.
- Support the lower control arm with an adjustable jackstand and raise it slightly from the full rebound position.
- Remove the shock absorber.
- Insert a spring compressor into the upper spring tower so that the lower U-bolt fits into the shock absorber mounting holes in the spring seat. Secure the two lower studs to the spring seat with nuts.
- Fit the tool upper pilot to the top of the spring and compress the spring by tightening the upper nut. Compress the spring until the screw is bottomed out.
- Remove the lower spring seat retaining nuts, lift the spring and seat assembly from the control arm, and guide it down and out through the fender skirt.
- Install a new spring into the tool and compress the spring until the screw is bottomed out.
Spring coil ends must be against the spring stops in the upper and lower seats.
- Lift the spring and tool assembly into place and position it so that the upper spring stop is inboard.
- Install the lower spring seat to the control arm. Torque the nuts to 25-35 ft lbs.
- Loosen the spring compressor until the spring is properly seated in the upper spring tower and remove the tool.
- Install the shock absorber.
- Remove the adjustable jackstand and install the wheel and tire. Lower the car to the floor.
- Hold the shock absorber upper stem from turning, then disconnect the shock absorber at the top.
- Support the car by the frame, so the control arms hang free, remove the wheel assembly (replace one wheel nut to hold the brake drum), shock absorber, and the stabilizer bar-to-lower control arm link.
- Place a steel bar through the shock absorber mounting hole in the lower control arm so that the notch seats over the bottom spring coil and the bar extends outboard beyond the end of the control arm and slightly toward the front of the car.
- With a suitable jack, raise the end of the bar.
- Remove the lower ball stud cotter pin and nut, then remove the ball stud from the knuckle.
Place a chain around the spring and through the lower arm for safety.
- Lower the jack supporting the steel bar and control arm until the spring can be removed.
- Install by reversing the removal procedure. During installation, make sure the new spring matches the position of the old one. Torque for the pivot bolts is 85 ft. lbs. for models through 1974; all others are tightened to 100 ft. lbs.