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Farmer Dan    Posted 01-05-2019 at 06:45:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Help finding hardware
  • I have tried McMaster/Carr, Grainger and Google all with no luck. I am trying to find a compression spring minimum I.D. 2" maximum 2 3/4" and a flat washer for each end. Not really worried about the O.D.. It only needs to be 2" long or so (won't know for sure till I test fit the length) but its a spring so not to critical in this case.

    Thanks for your help

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-13-2019 at 18:04:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • I do not need a spring anymore, thanks for the help guys.

    RockyMO    Posted 01-09-2019 at 22:26:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • they're not hard to make. If you can give me a crude drawing with measurements I will see if I can find a piece of music wire the right size. Kind of a neat little lathe project, done the same as threading but with a jig. Search youtube for "Toms techniques". He has a nice instructional video on how to make them.

    Rocky in MO

    Michford    Posted 01-08-2019 at 21:14:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Farmer Dan, attached is a link to Lee Spring. I did a search for a spring O.D. of 2.5 inches as I dont think I.D. can be used as a search function. The two smallest springs may be along the lines of what you are looking for.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-07-2019 at 10:54:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Still No Luck
  • Exhausted all these ideas. Any other suggestions?
    2" ID x 2" Long

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-13-2019 at 15:37:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I keep wondering about a valve spring from a big Diesel? Surly one of the fellows has experience with those.

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 01-08-2019 at 08:16:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Still No Luck
  • Next time I get near the ACE store I will look for that size.

    steveVa    Posted 01-07-2019 at 11:40:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Still No Luck
  • You might be able to make a spring from a smaller diameter one. Just stretch out the wire and bend it larger. Or you might find a coil spring from an old piece of furniture or an upholstery shop.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-05-2019 at 08:18:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Daniel-
    I’ve used CENTURY SPRINGS a few times; they usually carry a stock part I need. They have some 2” ID springs, but note that the smallest wire diameter part is .078”, or 2mm. From there the wire diameter increases substantially going up to 1.0” and over. That’s a pretty HD spring and would take a heck of lot of force/load to compress. Even a 2mm wire diameter is going to be robust. You can also try WB Jones and Michigan Spring Steel Co. There are alternative materials as well -plastic, copper, brass, bronze, and others.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-05-2019 at 08:44:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Help finding hardware
  • That springs job is to hold the camshaft end tight against the distributor shaft. So does not need to be very strong or very long.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-05-2019 at 08:42:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Help finding hardware
  • Thanks Tim they have exactly what I am looking for Compression Spring 11786.
    But $15 shipping for a 1.47" long spring is crazy. I sent them an email asking if they can be for reasonable with the shipping cost.

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 01-05-2019 at 13:46:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Help finding hardware
  • Try a hardware store nearby if possible. The ACE a couple towns from me has nice selection.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-06-2019 at 06:57:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • ACE's around here have a limited selection in materials. TSC carries a lot of various sizes of threaded rod, bar stock, and flat stock but pricing is high. Fastenal also stocks some but can order any size, again, pricing is ridiculously high. I will use places like McMaster-Carr where I can have my order here the next day usually at no extra shipping expenses, or whatever specialty house I need like CENTURY SPRINGS. Most Industrial Supply houses like MSC also sell blank stock.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-06-2019 at 08:05:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • ACE hardware that's almost funny. They do not carry the furnace filter I need or spray paint. Marshall, MI is a town of 6,000 people that thinks its a big city. 4 Gas stations, 4 auto parts stores (none are open on the weekend) 10 restaurants (none that deliver) Fastenal's inventory is so bad they sell bird seed and ice cream now. If the one grocery store we have does not carry it then I have to mail order it. Napa is only a few blocks away and they can get more stuff than ACE but I can not get in there with my wheel chair.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-06-2019 at 08:43:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't think it's the size of the town, I have the same issues with the ACE stores in my area. I really like to support local business as much as possible, but with the limited stock ACE has, and prices that the others have if they do carry a part, it is almost impossible to buy there. For example, STEINER TRACTOR is about 35 miles from me, but if I need it now, it's NAPA or the local tractor Kubota dealer, formerly Ford Tractor. CNH is 15 miles away but what they do stock is generic Cheena stuff and very high priced. Have you considered putting a motor on your wheelchair??? ... ; > ) GRIN


    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-06-2019 at 09:23:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My chair has a motor :-)

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