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#1 Walkinman1 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2014 - 09:58 AM

I'm hoping someone with an older Chief or Ford can help me out with some pics of what the battery tray looks like.  Whatever mine came with is apparently long gone as there is a piece of plywood bolted down for the base and some threaded rod to hold the battery cover on.  It works pretty well and it's not at all visible with the tractor assembled but I'd like to see what it should've looked like as maybe I'll duplicate it or try to find one...

 

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The seat on my 120 desperately needs to be redone but once again I'd like to see what it's supposed to look like so I know I'm on the right track.

 

Mine basically has vinyl and foam stapled to a plywood backing and although it looks like it may be factory I just can't quite tell. 

 

Also curious if blue was the correct color for the seat on the Ford models or if mine was changed at some point?

 

Thanks in advance for the help guys!


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Checkour Manuals Section. This one on Figure 7 seems to show the shape http://gardentractor...-100-120-parts/     Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Thanks Rick,

I had seen that and it gave me a rough idea but unfortunately there's only so much I can extrapolate from the parts diagrams so I was hoping to see some pictures of some originals



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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:10 AM

If you go to the " HOW TO " section I just posted a a little story about the rebuild of my battery hold down and all the parts. I even included some pictures and dimensions.  Roger.


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Walkinman, Let's see if I can help out a little?

 

 The under side of the plywood will have to be dadoed  on the outside edges to clear linkages. The dadoes will not have to be perfect as they are just for clearance.

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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Thanks guys! I had no idea the original one was wood! Never would've guessed that...
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Mine isn't a perfect match to factory style but now that I know they were wood to start with I'll just tidy mine up a little as it works fine and isn't visible anyways...

Now then, any wisdom for me on the seat? Lol

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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:27 AM

The seat would be a good topic to start a new thread on! I need to have this done as well. An auto upholstery shop may do it, or maybe a marine upholstery shop may tackle it??


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Well mine (if it's original) is so darn simple I think I could do it myself if I find the correct materials. The bottom and back are both just smooth pieces of smooth vinyl stapled to a plywood base. The bottom of mine isn't ripped up but the foam is flat as a pancake and it's severely discolored, the back is really torn up tho. Is the plywood base the factory setup?
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Yep, that's how they are!!!


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 01:18 PM

Blue was probably a color option have seen a lot w/blue seats.  You can get whatever color marine/waterproof vinyl by the yard on ebay pretty cheap, use some pt plywood or epoxy over regular ply, as much sponge foam as you want for cushion and staple it together pretty easy maybe even a gel pad.  Or reuse your wood/cover if you want or buy a preform cover so it looks better.  That's how they made them back then pretty basic


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 01:25 PM

Sweet! Thanks guys! Oldford, any idea who might sell preformed covers?
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 02:07 PM

I had to do some diggin, but found some more batt box pics for ya. ;)

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Posted February 16, 2014 - 02:54 PM

Sweet! Thanks guys! Oldford, any idea who might sell preformed covers?

Well i thought they'd be on ebay like the old snowmobile seat covers which were made the same way.  Looks like there's not a big market for GT seat vinyl tho like with old sleds.  I'd just get some marine vinyl and make my own... can search "marine vinyl upholstery" on ebay gt it by the yard pretty cheap


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 03:37 PM

Thanks for all the pics stiemmy, that gives me a good idea what they should look like! Out of curiousity, are those the original rear tires or replacements?
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 07:22 PM

The seat would be a good topic to start a new thread on! I need to have this done as well. An auto upholstery shop may do it, or maybe a marine upholstery shop may tackle it??

I had my seat redone on my 1966 Jacobsen 800, by a guy who redoes auto interiors, and it cost me 90 bucks and I have more cushion than factory


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