compress the springs if you can with a jack the wrap chain and lock it it works kinda i dont recomend it rick but i did it when i didnt have spring compressors. just make sure it is locked good. and when i was really poor i used safety wire and wrapped it ALLOT! but i dont recomend either but if ya gots to you gots to.
Bob like i said i dont recomend it but hey I was young dumb and well you know the rest but it did work and knowing ricks finacial woes i thought since he may not be able to rent them he may not be able to buy a set. Rick if you do get the ones from harbour freight use allot of aniti sieze on those babys otherwise they will be good for maybe one time use like my first set.
I bought the one from Harbor Freight about 5 years ago, have used it a dozen times since. It is well made and shows no sign of stress. I use a 1/2" air impact to run it up and down, makes fast work of compressing the springs.
Heh, I remember R&Ring an NP205 transfer case in a '77 F250 with a 6" lift using a floor jack and a piece of 4x4 lumber. Boy that was dumb...not to mention HEAVY. I'm almost glad I can't afford to go four-wheeling anymore.
I would definitely go with the spring compressor. Chances like that aren't worth taking. Your odds really suck.
Oh also i might mention i still always chain my spring even with the compressors, buddy of mine had one give way and the chain saved him a lobotomy. keep in mind they are made in china after all and they may not have the best quality assurance division.
I have used a compressor made by Brannick Industries out of the Dakotas. Works like a champ, but it's not perfect.
I found a distributor in Calif who sells it for $100 MSRP $264 Takes 1/4 of the time as the 4 hook internal units do. Much safer and the bolt is at the top thru the shock hole, so you can compress it easliy.
Dis connecting the lower control arm allows the upper control arm to travel down beyond the point where the spring perch, which is a seat - not a retainer, and the shock (if theyare in) can hold the spring. It is possible to put some sort of block between the upper arm and the frame, but that is only temporary. I saw a spring come loose while a mechanic was replacing the lower ball joint in a 68 Mustang. The piece of wood he used to hold the arm up compressed, the shock either broke or couldn't hold the spring, and BANG one spring in wall. Luckily he wasn't working on that side of the car at the time.