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12/2/12 3:32pm - Original Message: 'Door Spring'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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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.
 
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12/2/12 5:46pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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76, L48, 4spd & 09, LS3, 6spd

Joined: 1/30/2003
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Here's a video that may help; there is also a tool all vendors sell just for this installation. Have never done one, but many others have - good luck.
 
 
 


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12/2/12 8:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#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

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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....Censored


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12/2/12 9:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Cramerton, NC - USA

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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.



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12/2/12 10:23pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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1980 Classic White, L48, 36XXX original miles, Top Flight Chapter Winner.

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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 whyEmbarrassed. There are downloadable instructions from CC's website and from other sites. It was a bit tricky but I did get it replaced.

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12/3/12 12:33pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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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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12/3/12 1:57pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#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

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Old brake adjuster works fine, too! Mine is a little too short to have enough leverage, but...Congrats on the nice job!

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12/3/12 8:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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Wow that's good news! Those guys at Wilcox are very knowledgeable and great to deal with.

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12/15/12 3:46pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Victor, NY - USA

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2004 Commemorative Edition Coupe, Auto w/HUD. 13K miles in 2015. Sold 1982 Red Coupe

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I enjoyed watching the video, but I hope I never have a broken spring.

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12/16/12 12:32am - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

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I did mine about 5 years ago, a real PITA job. My old Drill Seargent vocabulary came back to me. I sure hope I don't have to do that job again.
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12/21/12 2:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Cadiz, KY - USA

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The lesson learned here is that if you ever have your doors off, put on new springs; it is an easy task with the doors off.

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12/28/12 1:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Door Spring'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Son of a gun!  I wish I had this video when I tried(and quit) to put the springs in my car!.  Now with a foot of snow outside and mycar wrapped up for the winter I'll have to wait until spring.

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