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Blt4ice

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Anyone ever replace one of these guys? it's driving me nuts. Any tips or hints would be welcomed.

Thanks,

Brian
 

BlueL36

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1968 Lemans Blue Roadster
There's instructions at this site that I printed out when I replaced one of my springs. I sacrificed an old screwdriver for the job (bent it with hammer and vise persuasion.) And stuff an old towel in the space below the hinge to "catch" the spring when it falls the first couple of tries to protect the paint. Good luck!

http://www.corvettefaq.com/interior.asp
 
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71 Conv. (Sold) / 98 Pewter Coupe (Sold)
Good tip about the towel. When mine popped out it did it with enough force to take a small chunk of the fiberglass out of the edge of my door:(. I think my hinge area must be screwed up as I've reinstalled it twice and each time it eventually works its way out.

- Eric :w
 
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ChipHead

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Door Spring Installation Tool

Go check out Ecklers. THey have a specialy bent too to do the install. ($12.00). It took a little trial and error but once I figured it out I had the passenger's spring on in about 30 sec!!
 
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jsimpson

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Before replacing, be sure to free up and lubricate the little toothed wheel that rides on the spring. Otherwise you'll be doing it all over again within a year. Skinny hands and long fingers help. Get help if you have ham-hock hands!
 

Buckskin7T7V

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Ca US
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1977 Buckskin
After trying for a half a hour to install the damm thing, I called my younger brother to the house and challenged him to beat my old installation time of five mins. (I lied) He did it in two minutes. Spring in and he is happy. Older brothers are smarter.:_rock
 

Nut

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Bowie, MD
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Brian,

Don't waste the $$ on the tool. I have an extra one I'll loan you. We're pretty close to each other. Send me a Private Message with your address and I'll mail it to you. Send it back when you're done. Heck, it's just a bend Flat-Head screwdriver for $12. What a country.

Later............. Nut
 

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