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#1 dualresponse1731 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 23, 2016 - 07:34 PM

Good evening! I have  been blowin' up this forum with post recently and want to say I really appreciate all the advice. I hope I haven't posted too much stuff. A lot of this boils down to being springtime- and this year it has been very wet- so I have had a lot of down time tinkering in the garage!  :D

 

What I am looking for is a set of the original side panel springs (or a clever redneck engineering solution) to keep the side panels in place on the LGT/Jacobsen closed sided tractors. As one can clearly see- a bungee strap wrapped around the gas tank is not ideal. I ask the question because I am thinking of repainting the tractor- and posted a painting thread tonight  in the general garden tractor section- but then remembered- I really need a way to get these panels lined up and secured before I spend too much time refinishing them,  As always- advice and tips welcomed!

 

(better yet- A lead on some original springs!)  :wave:

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Posted May 23, 2016 - 08:23 PM

I dont have any ford experience but for my cub side panels i use a small turnbuckle that has closed loops on both sides in the middle of two pieces of safety wire. as I turn the turnbuckle it tightens the wires and that brings the panels in snug to the tractor, you could even incorporate a hearty spring if it suits you but I find the safety wire and turnbuckle suitable, Good luck.
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 08:41 PM

THANKYOU! Brilliant!



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Posted May 23, 2016 - 08:43 PM

Looking in the parts manual it show this with a part number of jag-358906. Doing a Google Search brings up this Web Site. The part is listed & shows call if part is in stock http://www.messicks....Id=62339_256545. If nothing else if you can find one of the old style long screen door spring I would think it could be made from that. I do not have my tractor available to measure the length of the straight part for the hooks.

 

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Posted May 23, 2016 - 08:53 PM

^Will call tomorrow and update! Wow! Both of these suggestions should work. Thanks for the help.  I am telling my wife how awesome the internet is!  :thumbs:

 

This link is awesome because I also need a grill mesh- which is listed on this pdf as available! Wow!

 

Incredible site- well... until I looked up the prices for the PTO and the STEERING column! Ha!  :D


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 03:52 AM

I can get the measurements, just in case.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 09:06 AM

I called messicks. Tried to order spring and front "ford " emblem. They were long gone nla! Thanks for the link though- that's a cool site.

 

Onwards to redneck engineering!!!! :D


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Here's your spring. It's made from 0.10 wire. Coil is just under 1" dia. Length is 12" relaxed.

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Here's your spring. It's made from 0.10 wire. Coil is just under 1" dia. Length is 12" relaxed.

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Wow! Thanks for taking these measurements! Now for another silly question- is this something you recommend I find on the internet from a generic spring maker?, or is it something that I have a machine shop or spring maker fabricate? I have never had much luck bending spring wire before :smilewink:



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Posted May 24, 2016 - 01:12 PM

Wow! Thanks for taking these measurements! Now for another silly question- is this something you recommend I find on the internet from a generic spring maker?, or is it something that I have a machine shop or spring maker fabricate? I have never had much luck bending spring wire before :smilewink:

Look around places like Lowes or Ace hardware. They may have something close enough to suffice.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 01:32 PM

You could get 2 pedal return springs similar to the one in the picture (311-101) and hook them together - most auto parts store have something similar available.  That way you could cut and bend the wire ends to the length you need - just a suggestion.

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 02:09 PM

Thanks guys! Great ideas...


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 06:30 PM

Thanks again- Using Kenny's measurements and Chev's brake pedal return idea, I bought several different brake return pedal sizes off the internet. I'll update when they come in.


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Posted May 31, 2016 - 05:52 PM

As an update to this thread- I got the springs in today!!!!! There were two sizes on ebay- 1 was smaller than Kenny's measurements, the other was larger, so I ordered both. 

 

The thicker diameter spring worked better.

 

Here are two pics. one has the finished spring installed (thicker diameter wire/smaller spring coil length), the other has the "smaller diameter/longer coil length" spring for comparison. I spent all of 5 minutes rough bending it to see that it would work.

 

Thanks guys!

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