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Mattle78F2

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Cheap valve spring compressor
« on: September 12, 2010, 05:41:52 pm »
One day I was contemplating if I wanted to spend the cash to buy a valve spring compressor, and since I did't have that kind of cash on me I thought I could make one.  So I ran over to a hardware store and bought a 6" C clamp. When I got home I took the 4 grinder with a cutting blade to the top. I then cut a 1/2" long metal tube with a hack saw, and then cut it in half length ways to form a U shape and welded it to the C clamp. Sorry I don't have a pic.


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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 08:38:55 pm »
That's a good one mate, I did the same a few years ago, but I machined a "cup" from alloy round bar, that way I can still use it as a C clamp when I need to. Cheers, Terry. ;D
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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010, 10:52:29 am »
Not bad never thought of that, but then again I didn't want to spend $90-$120 on one ya know.

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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 12:08:09 am »
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3 pieces of strap steel welded to a C channel
built over 20 heads, not one problem
took about 5 minutes to make
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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 03:51:01 am »
washer
3 pieces of strap steel welded to a C channel
built over 20 heads, not one problem
took about 5 minutes to make

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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 04:32:57 am »
Both great ideas...  But here's an even cheaper one - just a little more time consuming...  Good old hose clamps, run over with emery cloth to check for burrs, works every time!
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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2011, 11:10:34 am »
Both great ideas...  But here's an even cheaper one - just a little more time consuming...  Good old hose clamps, run over with emery cloth to check for burrs, works every time!

How would that work?  Do you have a photo?

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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 04:13:46 pm »
heres one I made easy to make 1' matal tube with the sides cut out an a big c clamp
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Re: Cheap valve spring compressor
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012, 08:46:34 am »
@luap, the one you made is pretty much like the one that I made, except i only cut one side off to make the window.  the first one i made failed so when i made the second after I was done, I heated it up just untill the metal starts to turn purple-ish then dropped it in used motor oil.. basically tempering the metal.  Now this tool is sitting in a place I know exactly where it is for next time.  It and a cheap c-clamp is all i needed... for the pipe i used 1/2" electrical conduit (laying around)
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