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#1 josh deaven OFFLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 02:30 PM

Hey Guys, think about have the battery covers remade from the mid 70 lgts.You can no longer get them through New Holland.Do you guys feel this would be a valid project and would you guys buy them?Please give your opinions.Thanks Josh

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 04:30 PM

I don't have one of these particular Fords but I think it's a good idea if you can make and sell them reasonably. You could make them available here and on ebay. I'm sure there are many pieces from garden tractors that are lost that would be nice to reproduce. One example is the hood extention that Massey Ferguson used on their Model 7 to 16. They are almost always cracked, broken or missing. I have seen them reproduced somewhere already however. I can't think of the website, but I have seen them on ebay. Another example is a reproduction hood for the Oliver garden tractors. The tractors are virtually the same as the Ford and Jacobsen of the same year, but the hood and grille are specific to Oliver. The grilles are available through the Dumont museum in Iowa, but the hoods are hard to get. I talked to a guy in Wisconsin that makes custom pedal tractors and mentioned reproducing the Oliver hood and I am still waiting to hear back. I'd really like to get an Oliver, but not sure if I can spend the money to get an authentic one. I know where I can get a Jacobsen GT14, so making a clone would definetly be less expensive.

I'd say go for it. If I get a Ford someday that needs the cover, I'll buy one!

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 04:32 PM

On second thought, I think you should reproduce the side shields on your MM108. I need both of those!! :D

I'm sure someone on this site has provided this info already, but the MF hood extentions and steering wheel caps can be found at www.gtreproductions.us

Sorry Josh, hope this isn't :offtopic: LOL

How much would you be able to sell the covers for?

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 06:37 PM

I would be one, I also thought about the plastic choke and throttle controls for 800 Bolens

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Posted February 28, 2012 - 09:52 PM

I could use one for my LGT.

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 09:26 AM

I am interested in the in a battery cover if you reproduce them.

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Posted May 22, 2012 - 07:21 PM

I am also interested in one if you should produce them.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 03:09 PM

I think they would sell good. I can use 2 of them.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 02:18 PM

I am still looking into getting them repro.I had someone lined up and know they not sure if they want to help or not.

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 04:28 PM

They will even look nice for a hood scoop on the Ford 195,, Be sure to let me know if you do make em,,,

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Posted June 01, 2012 - 05:46 PM

I am just about ready to make the mold. I do not like how it was designed - with the plastic bending each time to get to the battery, over time it is going to crack as 'all of them' have done, my design will incorporate a hinge at the edge where they all break...that way, they will not break in the future...
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Posted June 02, 2012 - 08:41 PM

I want one the hinge deal sounds good.

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Posted June 04, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Now...how much $ would a battery cover be worth?

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Posted June 05, 2012 - 08:33 PM

The best bussiness advice I ever got was have a product, figure out how much it cost to produce it and charge more. You can not fail that way. How bad do I want to cover that hole???. It needs a cover!!
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Posted June 05, 2012 - 11:29 PM

The best bussiness advice I ever got was have a product, figure out how much it cost to produce it and charge more. You can not fail that way. How bad do I want to cover that hole???. It needs a cover!!


As I kind of dug into this, I received some advice to make them out of 'fiberglass, then I received some advice plastic, so I was looking at the manufacturing processes and thought either is feasible, and kind of wondered which one is going to pay the returns quicker...ultimately I probably need them as much as anyone else therefore I am in a 'no lose' situation...but wondered what others would be willing to give...as kind of a motivator...:-)




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