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#1 jonsteffen OFFLINE  

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 03:30 PM

$(KGrHqF,!icE8Zh7pjM)BPT9bgZh9!~~60_571.jpg here is a side view







valve spring.jpg does anyone know how these work and do they work with a kohler engine
do u put this under the springs and push up untill the keepers come free

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 03:37 PM

The one arm goes on top of spring one arm on bottom.You squeeze together and pull the keepers out.I'm not sure if it would work for kohler or not.It looks like it would.

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 04:11 PM

That looks like a good one! The ratchet keeper is a very nice feature to have! It should work just fine for the Kohler if it will fit into the opening. It looks like it should as it has a narrow design.
I gotta tell you, I went out and bought a brand spanking new valve spring compressor when I started re doing my 1952 Case SC. It broke part way into the job and I never did find all of the pieces (after I threw it as far as I could)!! Member MH81 and his Dad came to the rescue with an assortment of "antique" compressors of different varieties. We tried several of them until we found the one that worked the best for the application. I am now the proud owner of 3 antique valve spring compressors myself that I picked up at swap meets, flea markets, and yard sales! It's good to have choices!

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 06:46 PM

I agree that it should work, but it was built for a larger engine. Probably an "L" head (Valve in Block) unit. Like the Continental, Ford, or Chrysler flatheads of the 40's and early 50's.

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 06:51 PM

Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, but appears when the handles are squeezed, that the grapple ends spread apart, just as in the pics. :confuse:

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 07:07 PM

Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, but appears when the handles are squeezed, that the grapple ends spread apart, just as in the pics. :confuse:


Dan, that one is designed to push up on the spring so you can get the keeps out & then release. Other side goes against the adjusting nut on the lifter (pushrod)
I know this one is one of the favorites with the old Continental techs.

The other (more accepted style) of compressor is the one that keeps the spring compressed so it's easier to work with and you have less chance of stuff flying around the garage.

Here's a video of the second type in operation.

http://www.youtube.c...ZecZW68E8#t=26s

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 07:18 PM

But the one in the pic confuses me. The cup shapes to cradle the spring cap are on the interior, just like the 2nd type in the video, yet when the one in the pis is squeezed, it has to use the other side to press against the spring, and there isn't a cup to cradle the spring?? :confuse:

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 07:27 PM

The shape of the interior is just to keep it from bending quite so easily. This style is made from stamped tin basically.

There are "dents" on the exterior of the unit to keep stuff from sliding much, but no "cups" so to speak

here is a pic of a similar one, but the second "U" is just a pin that pushes against the casting of the engine.
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Posted March 05, 2012 - 08:59 PM

The shape of the interior is just to keep it from bending quite so easily. This style is made from stamped tin basically.

There are "dents" on the exterior of the unit to keep stuff from sliding much, but no "cups" so to speak

here is a pic of a similar one, but the second "U" is just a pin that pushes against the casting of the engine.
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no it is heavy not tin but stamped steel

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 09:02 PM

no it is heavy not tin but stamped steel


Many of the ones I've seen are pretty thin for daily use, I'm sure they made better ones, glad you have one of them instead. I've seen the thinner ones bend under spring pressure.

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 09:03 PM

Here's a video of the second type in operation.

http://www.youtube.c...ZecZW68E8#t=26s


This is the type I have been using for about 20 years. Works great and back when I bought it it was around $15.

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Ok, thanks Alan. All the types I've ever used or owned had the cup fit to the spring, so that threw me off kilter.

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Posted March 05, 2012 - 09:16 PM

$(KGrHqF,!icE8Zh7pjM)BPT9bgZh9!~~60_571.jpg here is a side view

this might be better view everyone





valve spring.jpg does anyone know how these work and do they work with a kohler engine
do u put this under the springs and push up untill the keepers come free






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