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$10 valve spring tool
Topic Started: May 9 2013, 12:19 PM (1,463 Views)
chinostripe
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I tried for a week to find a valve spring tool to borrow from one of the local parts stores. I finally thought about it for a minute and came up with this. A $8 C clamp from Harborfreight along with a cheapo 13/16 spark plug socket that's been rusting in my tool box. I cut 2 sides from the socket to allow for tweezers and keepers. I finally added a short piece of PVC tubing to the stationary jaw to rest against the valve face. Took about 20 minutes to install all new 3tech stainless valves.

Photos - https://plus.google.com/photos/115112864207404482087/albums/5876028984272403281
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idmetro
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I like it!
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That works. Been more than one socket cut up to install some keepers. ^o)
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Norby
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Saweet !
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Anybody can fix something with parts, a good mechanic improvises. Nice work
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MR Bill
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What size "c" clamp did you use?
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chinostripe
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This is the exact tool

http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-industrial-c-clamps-39610.html

I was just putting the pistons back in and snapped a rod bolt. Probably need to check my torque wrench. Any clues who might have one?

My FSM says 40 ft/lb. Apparently it's 26 ft/lb. cuss words.
Edited by chinostripe, May 9 2013, 05:19 PM.
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26 right. You mean a FSM has a error in it? Cant be. That is only supposed to be haynes with errors.
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PTA2PTB
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I'm totally awesome! I swear.

Good job! In addition to installing your valve keepers with it, they make a really good tool for pressing your brake caliper pistons (all the way) back into their bores, so you can fit your new brake pads over the rotors, when doing a brake job. For $8, you can't beat it.
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chinostripe
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Do not misread the manual like I did. Stalled my rebuild immediately.
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The local Chevy dealer says you can't replace the bolt. I have a rod coming. Am I better off pressing out the pin and replacing the rod, or just replacing the bolt?
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mluikart
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we had the same error and snapped our rod bolt, did you have any luck with finding a replacement bolt?
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chinostripe
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I ended up buying a rod off ebay. I got busy and it got hot so It's still sitting like I left it a few months back. The good news is I got another Geo yesterday with a good motor in it. Since my original is a 4 dr, I'm going to swap the engine from the recent acquisition into the 4 dr. I'm going to have parts available. Body and interior, no drive train.
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I built my own using a c clamp vicegrip. All it takes is one squeeze and you're in business.
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Edited by 91 ragtop, Sep 21 2013, 07:07 AM.
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I liked the one in this video so much that i built my own version. Pics later when I bring it home from work after tweaking it.

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