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Here is a universal type valve spring compressor that I have used for a number of years. While it is functional, it is kind of clumsy and difficult to get adjusted and positioned (just ask Fred!).

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When I saw that Admiral had made one from an old C-clamp, I just had to make one myself. In this thread you can see Admiral's and also my initial unsuccessful attempt at using a Harbor Freight clamp.

http://tw200forum.com/forum/technical-help/19075-head-cylinder-repair-notes-2.html

Here is Admiral's.



I was able to find a 4" Husky brand C-clamp at Home Depot with a 3" deep throat that looked like it would work. Using a bench grinder, angle grinder, various hand files and a wire wheel I re-shaped the fixed end of the clamp as shown below. I did not have as much material to work with as Admiral's clamp, so mine turned out a little daintier than his.

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Here it is positioned on a TW head.

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Here is a close-up of it in position. Not a lot of extra room, but enough.

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(p.s. thanks to Admiral for the inspiration and luckily, no hammers were harmed in this project)
 

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This is a cool thread thanks.
 

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Admiral, rusty or not you did pioneer a superior design.
When TW-Brian loaned me his spring compressor I probably paid more in the return shipping fees than the cost of a donor C-clamp. Then I likely spent just as much time adjusting Brian's compressor as I would have spent grinding the C-clamp. MissingLinkMasterA.jpg
 

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The C-clamp versions are better, cheaper, easier to use than the POS dedicated tool I wasted my money on! Next time I go to HF I will be also getting a C-clamp. Tony

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