When I got the rear springs off of the TT frame, I thought each spring had eight leaves. Then when I was sandblasting the frame, something fell out. It was the remaining piece of the actual top leaf.
Here's the top (#1) leaf on top of the #2 leaf. Wire brushing the rust off the #2 leaf revealed the faint outline left by the broken off part of the #1 leaf. I've marked it with soapstone in the picture. The top leaf of the other spring also stayed in the frame, and is broken in about the same place. So if anybody's bringing TT sprngs to Chickasha, I can use a couple of top leaves.
If you had a longer 1,could it be cut with a plasma cutter to make it the right lenght?
I have some extras but I dont know which 1's.I have a complete set to use in the 2'd chassis I got last year.But I have some from a old bent frame and I am purty sure most are short.
Unless the river floods over the I40 bridge,I should be at Chickensaw at some point during the swap meet.If I have something you can use I will let you know.
There must be some flaw in the way they flex under a load. Mine had one the same as your picture and the other was missing altogether.
Mack, these top leaves are 5 3/4" long. If you have those, that would be perfect. If not, I guess I could do as you suggest and get a couple of longer ones cut down to the proper length.
Steve we've had to cut several longer ones to make the top ones, lots of times the top ones will be intact, but where that holder pin goes thru they will crack, so if you need a pr of longer ones I'll throw a pr on the truck (to be cut) 10.00 ea. let me know still loading. email@example.com
My guess is that the "flaw" in design was simply the fact that the Ton Truck was used to carry more than 1 Ton.
I agree Warren. A ton isn't much in volume when you're hauling sand or gravel, even manure. A farmer would want to get all he could on the truck with one trip. I remember reading a story somewhere on the web about a fella hauling bricks and loading the truck so heavy it was making ruts in the brick street. Most folks see their working trucks' limit at whatever the bed will hold. My TT grain bed would hold far more than a ton of grain.
We had a puddle at the end of our driveway and needed some gravel. I took my TT in to the local garden supply yard and asked for a ton and a half of gravel. The guy asked me what I wanted to haul it in and I pointed and said, "That black truck over there". He asked, "Are you serious?" I said, "Of course." "Then put it on the scales." he said. I cranked it up, drove it onto the scales, and while the engine was idling, they put 3000 lbs of gravel into it. As I drove it off the scales and out of the yard the whole yard crew and other customers were cheering us on.
I did some quick calculating using a TT with an 8 x 6 x 3 Ft. box. This will hold 115 bushels. Say 100 to allow some freeboard.
Oats @ 32lb per bushel = 3200 lb.
Wheat @ 60lb per bushel = 6000 lb.
Shelled corn @ 56lb per bushel = 5600 lb.
Wet brewery malt @ 64lb per bushel = 6400 lb.
Even if you halve the load, only oats falls in the 1 ton limit.
Those sides on your truck were getting mighty close to 3' before you took the upper portion off, weren't they?
Steve,I checked the "junque" pile and guess what? I only have 1 spring leaf the lenght you need.It is in the truck and the Chicken will be able to say he saw it in Chickensaw!
You are welcome to it,if it will help you.It is pitted.
I remember some springs being broken from that "mess" I drug out of the woods in Anson county about 1997 or so for parts.