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spark plug boots and springs 2 weeks 2 days ago #135909

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I'm getting ready to replace the springs and boots on my 1960 Lark 40. I was thinking about using a heat gun to make the boots more flexible and maybe some dielectric grease for lube.

Does anyone have any tricks or procedures to get the job done?
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1960 slickcraft catalina
1963 g-w invader ski-bird
1972 g-w invader drag & ski 14
Portage Michigan

spark plug boots and springs 2 weeks 1 day ago #135915

dielectric grease or a little shot of WD-40 i have used in the past.. but if the rubber is really stiff...a trick I use on air tools for installing the tight rubber boot covers is to soak them in hot water to soften them up..
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spark plug boots and springs 2 weeks 1 day ago #135918

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Thanks vintagerunner, hot water sounds easier than a heat gun.

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1960 slickcraft catalina
1963 g-w invader ski-bird
1972 g-w invader drag & ski 14
Portage Michigan

spark plug boots and springs 2 weeks 1 day ago #135920

I have had good luck spraying the inside of the boot with silicone spray.
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Larry

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spark plug boots and springs 2 weeks 6 hours ago #135938

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I'll give that a shot too, thanks.

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spark plug boots and springs 1 week 2 days ago #135971

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Spray the inside with silly cone and then push the wire through. Use a plyers to push the pointy end of the spring through the wire and then pull the wire back through until the spring is in position.

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spark plug boots and springs 1 week 1 day ago #135981

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If spring ever shows up I will give it a shot.

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spark plug boots and springs 1 week 1 day ago #135983

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I hear ya.
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spark plug boots and springs 1 week 1 day ago #135990

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Yuck! Looks like possible 60 degrees by next weekend here but todays freezing rain makes me wonder.

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1960 slickcraft catalina
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