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diy valve spring compressor?

Post by thom » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:49 am

Anybody got a homemade valve spring compressor that works well on Ts? 'Specially one that will work on an engine with the manifolds still on. Let' see it, please.
Or, recommend a good "store bought" one. I've had an old one for years that , as it turns out, is obviously not for a Model T. :(

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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by Steve Jelf » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:30 am

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I bought this fancy one for $2 at a yard sale.


Here's one I cobbled together from scraps on hand.
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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by Bill Robinson » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:20 pm

The big factor-
can you do it with the manifolds still on?
A vaporizer would really test a man's patience! OUCH :lol:

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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by thom » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:55 pm

I looked again and found "my other" valve spring compressor that will work on a T, then went to the local flea market and bought a Sunnen brand one that works even better, for $3.00.
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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by Scott_Conger » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:47 pm

Bill

you must be a very patient man!

for me, ANY manifold in place taxes my patience!

the reality is, to me at least, not only does it require less use of a scarce resource (patience!), is that the speed gained by removing the manifolds well exceeds the time spent replacing them, so for me it isn't even a question of "IF" I take them off...those suckers are coming off!!
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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by John Warren » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:59 pm

I’m with Scott on the manifolds and I like Steve’s first spring compressor
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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by thom » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:07 pm

The other seven valves came and I removed a few more of the old ones. I find that some valves have as little as .006 clearance with the adjustable lifters "run all the way down". Not knowing how much adjustment is available in the lifters but knowing that the valves will "sink" some as they seat in, I need to have some taken off of the stems at the machine shop. But how much? :?:

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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by John.Zibell » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:34 pm

thom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:07 pm
The other seven valves came and I removed a few more of the old ones. I find that some valves have as little as .006 clearance with the adjustable lifters "run all the way down". Not knowing how much adjustment is available in the lifters but knowing that the valves will "sink" some as they seat in, I need to have some taken off of the stems at the machine shop. But how much? :?:
I would remove only about 0.010 inch. You can always remove more later if needed. You should easily adjust for 0.010 to 0.012 inch clearance with the adjustable lifters.
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Re: diy valve spring compressor?

Post by thom » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:03 pm

Problem is- remove more later means remove valves, replace gaskets, and another trip to the machine shop.

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