Originally Posted by Flame Red
I'm out of ideas. I want to put on new gas hood struts but the new ones came fully expanded. Usually they have a wire on them that compress them a little so you can get them on.
My vice is not big enough to compress them. I tried a hydraulic jack with the strut under my bench but it lifted the bench! I tried using a heavy wire wrapped around it and twisting the wire but it kept slipping off.
I only need about 1/4" compression so I can slip it on.
Maybe put them in your refridgerator freezer for an hour or so ?
Or if its cold outside, set the gas charged hood struts outside for a while.
Maybe the cold will cause the nitrogen gas charge inside of the struts to decompress some.
And then you can collapse them by hand or in an Arbor Press more easily.
Get that 1/4 inch you need to install them onto your Corvette.