seeking valve spring keeper tool

Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:40 pm

Hi all,

Anyone know where I can buy one of the old school valve spring keeper tools. The one I am seeking is something like a pair of pliers but have either magnets in each leg of the jaw or spring clips to hold the keepers during install.

thanks
Tony

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:18 am

A littlt grease on the keepers holds them in place when installing.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:03 pm

Tony, have you tried a NAPA or a larger Sears Hardware. Can't remember where I got mine, but I think it was one of those. Also, watch for a Snap-On, Mac, Matco tool truck. They should have one. John

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:56 am

I borrowed one from a small engine shop. It was the only one that was small enough to fit in and properly compress the valve springs. I also used high impact grease as it "stuck" better to the keepers. Took a lot of patience to get these old, fat fingers to get the keepers lined up around the valve stem.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:41 am

Sears has a nice USA made valve spring compressor, I think this is the one I got: Item # 00947627000P Very handy tool to have if you are dealing with the valves.

For the keepers, grease works about the best... but it helps to have the oil pan off, cause they are slippery little pieces.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:57 am

I found a KD vintage valve spring compresser on Ebay. It was made for flat head engines like the cub C60. It is the sissor type with turn knob. I used needle nose pliers and grease on the keepers. Take your time and good lighting, Oh and remember plug up all the holes so you don't drop a keeper down in the oil pan.
Paul

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:48 am

http://www.protoolsllc.com/

Valve keeper tool available at above site. Not sure if it will work on the C60 engine. Valve train compartment is very close quarters. Suggest retail price is $60-. $60- seems quite high considering it only takes a couple dabs of grease and a bit of patience to install the keepers.

Also found several other styles of valve keeper tools, but they are only suitable of over head valves.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:46 pm

IIRC, Eugene you recommended the Craftsman one to me which is the one I got. I think this is the one - will have to check on the model number when I go to the shop. Will do that.

Craftsman Valve Spring Compressor

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I think it is made by KD for Craftsman -- Valve Spring Compressor for Small Overhead and L-Head K

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Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:23 pm

I believe the original post asked about a tool to install the keepers on the valve stem and not a valve spring compressor.
tonystoy wrote:Anyone know where I can buy one of the old school valve spring keeper tools. The one I am seeking is something like a pair of pliers but have either magnets in each leg of the jaw or spring clips to hold the keepers during install.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:03 pm

See, I am learning .. a little I hope.

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So I need to learn some more - are the keepers item # 16 ??

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:10 pm

Correct, item #16. Kinda a pain to install. But definitely not worth the $60- asked for a tool that may not work.

Easier if Cub engine is on it's side. Dab of heavy grease on flat bladed screw driver to hold keeper in place and a dab of grease on inside of keeper to hold it to valve stem.

Manufacturers make a number of tools to install the keepers on over head valve engines. But they won't work on the Cub engine.

Re: seeking valve spring keeper tool

Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:25 am

I took a wooden shingle, split it just wide enough to go between the valves, then carved a groove in the end tight enough to hold the keeper and with a littke stiff grease on the inside of the keeper was able to reach in and stick the keeper to the valve stem