The driver's side door spring on my '78 broke. It looks like and "S" and monts to the top door hing. I purchased a replacement spring from Mid America. My qestion is how do I install the darn thing? Do I have to take the door off or can it be put on with the door on? I played with it a little; but got no where. Looking at the passenger side, I can see how it fits; but the problem is getting in there.
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas
Do yourself a favor, and get the tool...your paint will thank you for it. The springs can be a pita do do, even with the tool, but without the tool, you'll be saying words you never thought you knew....
____________________________________ Joel Adams C3VR Lifetime Member #56 My Link
Vette(s): black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion
Joel is right, buy the tool. Even with the tool, it isnt as easy as some of the videos make it appear to be. One other word of advise, tape or somehow cover ANY area that may be hit by that spring if, or when, it slips during the installation. That area includes the outside of the drivers door in the area of the spring... dont ask me why I say this.
Vette(s): 1980 Classic White, L48, 36XXX original miles, Top Flight Chapter Winner.
Hello! The drivers side door spring broke on my 1980, you'll need the special tool and a small hammer. The other folks are correct, tape up the area including the outside of the door edge-I learned why. There are downloadable instructions from CC's website and from other sites. It was a bit tricky but I did get it replaced.
Thanks all, for the advice. You will be happy to know that the instillation was a success and without any damage. Willis 76, the vedio link was invaluable. I would not have been able to do it without the vidio. As the vidio stated, I measued my spring and sure enough, it was a tad bit to long. After a few passes with the grinder it fit into place perfectly. I did not purchase an istilation tool; but I had an ole brake adjustment tool that worked just fine. A few taps with a small hammer and it popped into place. You guys are great on the C3VR site. I know that if I have any questions, I can get some good advice
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