Ever tried to acquire a tailgate for your Simplicity or AC dump cart?
Well, I came back from 2018 Garden Tractor Daze in Portage, WI with two nice AC implements for my collection: a 42" fdt snowblower w/hitch and an AC cart w/o tailgate. Posted want ads, negotiated with sellers of rough carts w/tailgates, but in the end I just couldn't fill my order in the market. Next I contacted a fellow from a different site who offered new fabricated tailgates but I received no reply (mustuf sold them quickly). So, I have a contact through work that does some metal fabrication and has done a decent job for me in the past. I took a chance and sent my (pretty good shape) original AC tailgate and asked for 2 tailgates made.
The original with top tabs and bottom pins shown
And my original AC rear view
And below, a picture of one of the new "naked" fabricated tailgates. I think the metal is a bit heavier than original but notice the top tabs and bottom pins
And the rear view:
Another project yet unfinished...
And fyi - if you need one Briggs still has these torsion springs for sale. I bet there is a cheaper source but was easier for me to order one from my dealer and pay the $14 total including tax & shipping.