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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 06:14 AM

I see lots of folks here with the FF tractors that are missing the side covers between the hood and frame. I have one set in good condition. I know someone who might be able to clone mine and make us some. My question is how many would be willing to buy sets if I can have them made? Haven't a clue as to cost, but I'm sure the more sets made, the cost will come down. I will give the guy a call and work out getting it set up if there is enough interest! He lives up near Wichita, KS. We are old friends (started grade school together) and has the capability to do quality work on these.

Here is a pic. Outlined in red are the pieces I am talking about.

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 08:07 AM

Not familiar with these. Are those plastic then or metal?  Plastic would be easiest to make if you have a mold and vacumm machine to pull down plastic I believe. The mold making is the expensive part. Be interesting to hear a price. I have a PK with three piece hood of composite and broken up. Would wonder if those could ever be copied or close to it. The plastic in them is real brittle, maybe worse with age and a diff type might be better. Has to "give" some to stay whole, this kind didn't!


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Not familiar with these. Are those plastic then or metal?  Plastic would be easiest to make if you have a mold and vacumm machine to pull down plastic I believe. The mold making is the expensive part. Be interesting to hear a price. I have a PK with three piece hood of composite and broken up. Would wonder if those could ever be copied or close to it. The plastic in them is real brittle, maybe worse with age and a diff type might be better. Has to "give" some to stay whole, this kind didn't!

These will be fiberglass as they are now, GL. A lot tougher and stable with age!



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Posted November 25, 2014 - 08:47 AM

I'm in for a set.
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 05:33 PM

not familiar with the piece you are talking about.How does it bolt on in the front and is the part closest to the seat that is not in red a separate piece? It looks like an easy piece to make a mold out off. It would pull easy off of the mold.the hardest part would be making the flanges so you would be able to trim it to the size.

 I have worked in the fiberglass industry for almost ten years and a lot of things need to be done to keep parts for these tractors.Here is our tooling website.

http://www.piedmontf.../divTooling.htm.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 06:18 PM

Mine has two good covers. Since they are fiberglass they shatter pretty easily.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 07:32 PM

not familiar with the piece you are talking about.How does it bolt on in the front and is the part closest to the seat that is not in red a separate piece? It looks like an easy piece to make a mold out off. It would pull easy off of the mold.the hardest part would be making the flanges so you would be able to trim it to the size.

 I have worked in the fiberglass industry for almost ten years and a lot of things need to be done to keep parts for these tractors.Here is our tooling website.

http://www.piedmontf.../divTooling.htm.

I'll get more pics this weekend. It's supposed to be warm out, so I plan to enjoy that!


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Posted November 26, 2014 - 06:02 PM

Mine has two good covers. Since they are fiberglass they shatter pretty easily.

I am curius to know how much fiberglass is in them or is it mostly resin.I am guessing it is very little glass


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Posted November 29, 2014 - 04:35 AM

Here's a few pics of the panels from yesterday. I'd like to figure out how the original upper lock/pins worked.

DSCN0048.JPG     DSCN0049.JPG

DSCN0050.JPG     DSCN0051.JPG

DSCN0052.JPG     DSCN0053.JPG

 

They are pretty simple in structure. Not sure where to find the perforated metal. It's the same as the grille material.

 



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Posted November 29, 2014 - 04:51 AM

Kenn, McMaster-Carr has it, all kinds of different thickness and hole sizes along with different hole shapes. I used a honeycomb shape on my LGT side covers.
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Posted November 29, 2014 - 08:15 AM

Kenn, McMaster-Carr has it, all kinds of different thickness and hole sizes along with different hole shapes. I used a honeycomb shape on my LGT side covers.

 

http://www.mcmaster....-sheets/=uszgow


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Posted December 13, 2014 - 05:46 PM

I should have read this sooner. I just purchased a set, that cost me a lot. I guess I should visit the site more often
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Posted December 13, 2014 - 06:10 PM

I should have read this sooner. I just purchased a set, that cost me a lot. I guess I should visit the site more often

Not sure on getting these made as yet. I hope too, but just 2 sets will be very expensive!






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