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The elusive tailgate

gwiseman

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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 

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And my original AC rear view 

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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

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And the rear view:

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Another project yet unfinished...

October 6, 2018 I pulled one of the tailgates I had made off the shelf to see the fit. Little snug but it does work and looks niceioVJmgaQS3SNK62bXZwWBQ.thumb.jpg.eef2e39f1322aba033cf341ef341777d.jpg9WOWiE7KQPSPv7DmAqL3Lw.thumb.jpg.fa7155858cf82b371f949eaa37a95485.jpg64c9KebVTWiQEZJuBIubeQ.thumb.jpg.90e5d2302c39306a02d44e1b2b7c4105.jpg

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. 

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There is a fella over on the Allis forum that made up a batch of repops, and did a fantastic job.  I always thought it would be gratifying to make one.  

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