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Old 01-12-2018, 09:40 AM   #13
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Re: Looking to borrow piston ring compressor

Originally Posted by ed29 View Post
When I did this without a helper I made a thin wooden holder with a slot wide enough for the rod to go through. With the piston on the rod turn the crank until the skirt rests on the wooden holder. This keeps the piston still and aligned with the cylinder as you lower it and guide the rings in. Almost like having a third hand. Once the piston is in the holder lides out and you can seat the cylinder.
Very nice.

I made something similar out of Kydex..Have not used it in a while so will have to go find it and snap a pic...
But its just a big U shaped piece that supports the piston and has cut outs for the rod and piston skirt on top and a cut out in the bottom for the rod
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