I should add that if you place the bolt-type compressors on the spring before disassembly, and while the weight of the car is still compressing the spring, the control arm will not get to as steep an angle before the spring can be removed.
If you leave the removed spring compressed while you do your repairs, reassembly is a snap.
My instructions for Joel were written as such because he already had an extended spring that was off the car. The whole process is much easier if the springs are held in a compressed state throughout.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.