If you are doing front springs then you will definitely want a compressor. Especially if you have never done suspension work before. Front springs can be dangerous so be careful. Given that he had 24" rims on it you may also want to take a look at ball joints, bushings, and steering gear. Yeah it might be expensive to buy all of those parts, but it beats taking the front end apart again in 6 months. Just my opinion. If you don't plan on replacing anything else then you will probably want to invest in (or rent) a puller of some sort to separate the ball joints from the spindle. Otherwise you will more than likely rip the ball joint boots if you use a pickle fork. Unless of course you are going to use the other method of unbolting the control arms from the frame mounts. Other than that some big wrenches, PB blaster, a good floor jack, jack stands, and a service manual and you should be all set.